Can Syracuse handle Middle Tennessee?
Two upset-minded teams meet up in the NCAA Tournament today as No. 10 Syracuse faces No. 15 Middle Tennessee at 6:10PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Syracuse is favored in this game, as the Orange are getting odds of -6.5 points against Middle Tennessee. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 130.5 points. These two meet today as part of the Midwest Region from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Syracuse is 20-13 on the season, 4-2 on a neutral floor and 17-15 against the spread. Middle Tennessee is 25-9 overall, 6-0 on a neutral court and 18-15 against the spread. Middle Tennessee had the upset of the tournament thus far, beating Michigan State 90-81 on Friday. Syracuse had a 70-51 win over Dayton on Friday to advance to this game.
Middle Tennessee couldn’t have done much better on Friday. The Blue Raiders were 11 of 19 from 3-point land in the win and shot 55 percent from the field. Syracuse isn’t likely to allow that same kind of scoring output. The Orange should have the zone defense to neutralize Middle Tennessee’s shooting and the Blue Raiders could see an emotional letdown after such a performance on Friday. Look for Syracuse to be more composed and grind out a solid win today.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: SYRACUSE -6.5