Middle Tennessee State vs Minnesota NCAA Tournament Predictions
The 2017 NCAA Tournament brackets are set and college basketball fans are furiously filling out their brackets looking to pick the perfect bracket. While picking teams in brackets players are looking for upsets and no upset has become more popular in recent years than the No. 12 seed over the No. 5 seed. That is why people are looking to pick an upset in the Middle Tennessee State vs Minnesota first round matchup.
The college basketball betting odds indicate that this should be a very close and entertaining game. The latest odds at MyBookie.ag show that Middle Tennessee State is now (-1) point favorites in this game after they opened up as (+1.5) underdogs.
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Beware the Trendy Underdog
Both bettors and bracket fillers like the Middle Tennessee State vs Minnesota because of the teams that are playing and the seed, but you need to be careful before jumping in on the bandwagon. Middle Tennessee State is the trendy underdog pick of the tournament. They are also a trendy team to bet on as 69% of the bets coming in are on Middle Tennessee State to get the win (and the cover) in the first round game. This is one of the most popular bets in the first round attracting the most money at multiple sportsbooks.
The MTSU Blue Raiders won as a 15 seed last year so they are a well-known Cinderella in this tournament. They also have some incredible numbers. They generate 58% of their points from inside the arc, have a top-50 defense and have only three underclassmen on the roster which makes this an experienced and dangerous team.
Middle Tennessee State vs Minnesota ATS Picks
Although a 12 seed has defeated a 5-seed in 18 of the last 21 seasons, the favorites have struggled which is not good for the Blue Raiders who are now the favorites. The favorites are 11-21 against the spread (ATS) including just 5-11 ATS since 2014. Minnesota is strong in the paint and that is a weakness of MTSU. The Blue Raiders also foul a lot which will give Minnesota plenty of attempts at free points. There are plenty of upsets in the first round but not here as the underdog Minnesota Golden Gophers advance as a 5-seed in the first round.