NCAA Basketball Picks Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs Syracuse Orange

by Sadie Mccarthy Marcha 21, 2016, 8:51
NCAA Basketball Picks Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs Syracuse Orange

Middle Tennessee faced this tournament's No. 10-seeded VCU and No. 12 seeded South Dakota State.

The Syracuse Orange's season is suddenly sweet. We just have to relax and play.

His vow comes as Michigan State is set to begin work on a new Breslin Center weight room, which will be named after former player Draymond Green. The Syracuse Orange have an underachieving record of 2-9 when opponents have an eFG% of 52.3% or greater.

"It was a spectacular day for our program, our city and our university", Davis said. He finished with 19 points in 39 minutes of action.

The Blue Raiders had to be glad to be down by just four at the half after shooting just 34 percent and making only three 3-pointers.

Prior to FGCU's Sweet Sixteen run in 2013, only six other No. 15 seeds have shocked No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, including both No. 15 seeds Norfolk taking down No. 2 Missouri and Lehigh shocking No. 2 Duke in 2012.

Syracuse led by as many as 12 points early and had a handful of opportunities to put Middle Tennessee in an even deeper hole, but the Orange committed eight turnovers, went 1-for-7 from the foul line and made just one field goal in the final 4:42 of the half.

Tyler Lydon had 14 points, Trevor Cooney had 13 and Michael Gbinije added 10 as Syracuse advanced to play No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State on Sunday.

Forward Darnell Harris whipped Costello off the dribble for a 3-point play, then drilled a 3-pointer on Middle Tennessee's next possession.

Each of MTSU's five starters scored in double figures, led by forward Reggie Upshaw's 21 points.

Syracuse will travel to Chicago for the Midwest Regional Championship to face Gonzaga, the 11th seeded team in the region.

The Orange's conference went 12-1 in the opening two rounds with only Pittsburgh losing. Now the Vegas odds for the game have the Orange favored by six points to pick up the win and advance.

"If [MTSU] were bad I'd be saying that, too", he said. Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee State pulled one of the most shocking upsets in tournament history.

The Wildcats have skill, athleticism and depth, and they have been installed as 6.5-point favorites over the Hawkeyes. If Michigan State beat us, they wouldn't have run out on the floor.

If Davis comes back, he would be a key player on a team that includes perhaps Izzo's best recruiting class. The Spartans will also have seniors Eron Harris, Gavin Schilling and Alvin Ellis, juniors Marvin Clark, Lourawls Nairn and Javon Bess along with sophomores Matt McQuaid, Kenny Goins and Kyle Ahrens. "Big zone (by Syracuse)".

Shortly after the start of the second half, Middle Tennessee State took a 33-31 lead.

Middle Tennessee's Giddy Potts, right, heads to the basket as Michigan State's Denzel Valentine defends during the first half in a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in St. Louis.

The Blue Raiders advanced to the round of 32 for the first time since 1989, drawing a matchup with No. 10 seed Syracuse, who beat N0.

The Orange defense clamped down later in the second half, holding the sharpshooting Blue Raiders scoreless for a 10-minute stretch en route to the convincing victory.


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