MTSU Blue Raiders vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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30-4 March 16, 4:00 PM | BMO Harris Bradley Center 24-9
Middle Tennessee St. vs Minnesota, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 4:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TV: 4 p.m. ET, TNT
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March 16th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
733 –Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -1 -115 -115 Ov 135½ -110
734 –Minnesota Golden Gophers +1 -105 -105 Un 135½ -110

The fans at Bradley Center will be treated to a game between the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Minnesota Golden Gophers when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT MIDDLE TENNESSEE (30-4): The Blue Raiders went 2-0 against their only major-conference foes (Vanderbilt and Ole Miss) as part of a 10-1 start and finished the regular season with their first-ever appearance in the national rankings at No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll. Coach Kermit Davis’ squad features four upperclassmen starters, including leading scorers JaCorey Williams (17.3 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game as the Conference USA Player of the Year), Giddy Potts (15.8) and Upshaw (14.5). On the other end of the court, Middle Tennessee is renowned for its 1-3-1 trapping defense which limited opponents to an average of 63.3 points and forced 13.5 turnovers per contest.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (24-9): Coach Richard Pitino is making his first NCAA tourney appearance in his fourth year with the Gophers and fifth as a Division I head coach overall. Pitino has a young team with five underclassmen and three juniors comprising the top eight of his rotation after senior Akeem Springs’ season-ending Achilles-tendon tear in Friday’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal win over Michigan State. Point guard Nate Mason (15.5 points), guard Amir Coffey (12.1), forward Jordan Murphy (11.2, team-leading 8.8 rebounds) and guard Dupree McBrayer (10.9) are averaging double figures while 6-10 center Reggie Lynch, the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 8.4 points and 6.2 boards and set a single-season program record with 111 blocks so far.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Blue Raiders listed as 1-point favorites versus the Golden Gophers, while the game’s total is sitting at 135½.

Middle Tennessee sprung the upset of the 2016 NCAA Tournament by upending perennial power Michigan State in a first round 2-versus-15-seed matchup. The Blue Raiders are back in the Big Dance again – this time as a 12 seed – after winning the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles and will open against another Big Ten foe, fifth-seeded Minnesota, in a first-round South Region matchup Thursday in Milwaukee.

Despite a 27-4 regular season, which included a 17-1 Conference USA mark, Middle Tennessee wasn’t a sure-fire NCAA tourney lock, but it eliminated any doubt by posting three double-digit victories in three days to win the conference tourney last week in Birmingham. “We’re excited,” senior forward Reggie Upshaw said in school news release Sunday. “Every year you see a 12-5 upset, and to have that 12 seed, we know the history behind it. There’s nothing but excitement from us, because we know what we can do when we get into the national spotlight in the NCAA Tournament.” There’s also palpable excitement in the Twin Cities as the Golden Gophers completed the best win-total turnaround (plus-16) in the Division I ranks this season and punching its first Big Dance ticket in four years. Minnesota’s first round win over UCLA in 2013 officially is the school’s only NCAA Tournament in the last 20 years as the Golden Gophers’ 1997 run to the Final Four has been wiped off the books due to NCAA violations.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 84-77 loser as they battled Wolverines at home. They failed to cover in the match as a +4-point underdog.

Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 83-72 winner as they battled Thundering Herd at home. They covered in the match as a -10-point favorite.

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Middle Tennessee:
Team record: 30-4 SU,23-10 ATS
Current Streak: won 10 straight games.
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Middle Tennessee’s last 5 games

Team record: 24-9 SU,19-12 ATS
Minnesota is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Minnesota is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 10 games


1. Minnesota holds a 4-1 lead in the series with the last meeting a 78-72 Gophers road victory in the third round of the 2012 NIT.

2. Minnesota is one of seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Only the ACC had more with nine.

3. Middle Tennessee owns a 3-8 NCAA tourney record with the wins coming against second-seeded Michigan State (2016), fourth-seeded Florida State (1989) and sixth-seeded Kentucky (1982).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will cover the spread at -1 and the game will go over 135½ points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Middle Tennessee 74, Minnesota 70 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

No trends to report
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 10 games
Minnesota is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Middle Tennessee’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Middle Tennessee’s Away Scoring vs Minnesota’s Home Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Middle Tennessee’s Road Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Home Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 0.0 0
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Middle Tennessee’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Minnesota’s Home Scoring vs Middle Tennessee’s Road Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Minnesota’s Home Rebounds vs Middle Tennessee’s Road Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 0.0 0

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