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MTSU Blue Raiders vs. Syracuse Orange - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (20-13) vs. MTSU Blue Raiders (25-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Syracuse -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders shoot for another upset when they oppose the Syracuse Orange in round two of the NCAA’s.

The Syracuse Orange were not even expected to get an NCAA invitation so they played with a chip on their shoulder in dismantling Dayton 70-51 in round one. The Orange were up two at the break before dominating the final 20 minutes 40-23 to win going away. The Cuse won with defense as the Flyers were held to just 32% while the Orange connected at 39.6% for three more baskets with eleven more free throws. Malachi Richardson led all scorers with 21 points with Tyler Lyon adding 14 points and seven boards. Trevor Cooney was next in line with 13 points while Tyler Roberson and Michael Gbinjie scored ten points apiece with 18 and seven rebounds respectively.

MTSU Blue Raiders vs. Syracuse Orange - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan State Spartans joined Purdue on the sidelines as the second seed went flat in a 90-81 defeat at the hands of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in round one. The Blue Raiders were up six heading to the locker room and responded down the stretch everytime MSU made a run. Neither team played defense with both sinking shots at around 56%. MTSU hit three more baskets and a few more free throws to win it behind five double digit scorers. Reggie Upshaw Jr. paced the Blue Raiders with 21 points with Giddy Potts adding 19 points and five yanks. Darnell Harris and Perrin Buford scored 15 points apiece with Buford posting seven boards and six helpers while Jaqawn Raymond netted eleven points.

No spread is out yet but judging from round one both look capable of covering whatever it is. The Orange might have the edge with the perceived slight that they should not be in the tournament but we shall see Sunday…

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Middle Tennessee +6.6

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