Michigan State Spartans vs. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders - 3/18/16 College Basketball NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (29-5) vs. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (24-9)
March 18, 2016 2:30 PM EST (Scott Trade Center)
The Line- Michigan State -17.5 See the Latest Odds
The 2nd seeded Michigan State Spartans will face off against the 15th seeded Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Michigan State Spartans had a tremendous season finishing with a 29-5 record and are coming off of a Big Ten Championship. The Michigan State Spartans average 80.2 points per game and shoot 43.5% from the 3-point line. The Spartans have been led by player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine who is averaging 19.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds with 7.6 assists. Bryn Forbes is second on the team with 14.6 points per game and 2.2 rebounds.
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders had a great end to their season winning their last 6 games and winning the Conference USA Championship. Middle Tennessee State averages 72.7 points per game and shoots 38% from the 3-point line. The Blue Raiders have been led by Giddy Potts who is averaging 15.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. Reggie Upshaw is second on the team with 13.8 points per game and 8.7 rebounds.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 neutral site games. The Blue Raiders are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games overall. Michigan State is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 Friday games. The Spartans are12-2 against the spread in their last 14 games overall.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders overcame alot to get into this tournament and they should embrace it while it lasts because they will be going up against one of the top teams in the nation. Michigan State got robbed of a 1 seed in my opinion and will set out to prove that they deserved it. Michigan State opens up with a big win here.