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Syracuse Trending UNDER in Tournament

The Syracuse Orange come off their first round upset victory to face-off against another potential Cinderella in Middle Tennessee Sunday. If one thing has been constant with the Orange, it is that the UNDER cashes when it comes to March Madness. Seven of Syracuse’s past eight games in the NCAA Tournament have gone UNDER with an average combined score of 120.1 points.

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  • Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in their past five games as favorites.
  • Middle Tennessee os 5-1 SU and ATS in their past six as underdogs in March.
  • Middle Tennessee is on a seven-game winning streak heading into this game.

Well, pretty much every bracket on the face of the planet got busted when Middle Tennessee topped Michigan State in the first round. The Blue Raiders were on fire as they hit 55.9 percent of their shots from the field including a ridiculous 57.9 from beyond the arc in their Round of 64 game. Four of the Raiders starters scored 15-plus points against the Spartans, with Reggie Upshaw's 21 points pacing the team.

After a tight first half against Dayton, Syracuse blew up their opening game of the tournament by outscoring the Flyers 40-23 after the break. Though the Orange scored 70 points, their offense was far from perfect, as they shot less than 40 percent. ‘Cuse has gotten this far on their defense, holding opponents to just 65.7 points per game on the season, but they will be facing an offense that has averaged over 80 points per game in their past three.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Syracuse Orange Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Syracuse Orange sport a record of 20-13 and 17-15 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have 25-9 and 17-16-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 17-15 for the Syracuse Orange and 15-18-1 for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 153-rated Syracuse Orange and the No. 63-ranked Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Syracuse has the nation's No. 192-rated offensive output, at 70.21 PPG. The visiting Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 81 allowing on average 68.68 PPG. The Orange FG% has averaged 42.56% so far, less than the Syracuse Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.39% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Middle Tennessee got 21 points from Reggie Upshaw Jr. en route to a 90-81 victory over Michigan State on Friday at Scottrade Center.

Malachi Richardson scored 21 points leading the Orange to a 70-51 victory over Dayton at Scottrade Center on Friday.

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