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Syracuse vs. Middle Tennessee - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (25-9) at Syracuse Orange (20-13)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -6 -- Over/Under: 133 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Syracuse Orange meet Sunday in the NCAA Tournament at the Scottrade Center.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for another win after beating Michigan State on Friday. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 72.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Giddy Potts is averaging 15.1 points and 1.3 assists while Reggie Upshaw is averaging 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Perrin Buford is dishing two assists and Darnell Harris is grabbing four rebounds. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 61.7 percent from the free throw line. The Blue Raiders are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 6-0 on neutral courts this season.

Syracuse vs. Middle Tennessee - 3/20/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange look for another win after beating Dayton on Friday. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 65.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.6 points and 4.4 assists while Malachi Richardson is averaging 13.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is dishing 2.3 assists and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Orange are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange are 4-1 on neutral courts this season.

The Blue Raiders are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Orange are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Conference USA and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

I'm actually a fan of this Syracuse team and think there's a lot of under the radar talent while others were bashing that they shouldn't even be in the tournament. However, the Blue Raiders are a solid club that not only upset Michigan State, but played with VCU earlier in the year and what not. Middle Tennessee can play ball and has what it takes to pull off another upset.

I like the points here.

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +6

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