Syracuse is fresh off a lopsided victory over Dayton. Middle Tennessee is fresh off a victory over Michigan State that no one saw coming.
Now these two teams – who weren’t even in the postseason conversation just a few weeks ago – are vying for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Sometimes the world is funny like that.
So, can the Blue Raiders make magic happen twice? Or will Syracuse continue dancing straight into the next round. Let’s break down the odds outlook for this one, via OddsShark:
Syracuse vs. Middle Tennessee Betting Info
Spread: Syracuse – 6
Moneyline: Syracuse – 286
Middle Tennessee comes into the Round of 32 on a seven-game winning streak and while that may not mean much to odds-watchers, there’s also some number-based reason to think the Blue Raiders could pull this off.
The squad is 5-1 SU and ATS in their past six games as the underdogs with an overall over/under record of 15-18-1 for the season.
This still might not be a bad upset pick.
Meanwhile, on the Orange side of things, Syracuse comes into Sunday’s matchup on an UNDER roll. In seven of Syracuse’s last eight games, the total has gone UNDER with an averaged combined score of 120.1 points.
And, perhaps, most importantly, the Oragne are 4-1 ATS in their last five as favorites. The key is defense. If Syracuse’s zone can maintain its shutdown presence, the Orange are going to notch a Sweet 16 berth.