Saint Mary’s takes on Middle Tennessee State in a battle of eleven seeds in order to supplant themselves in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. Check out the college basketball odds at Bovada sportsbook.
Saint Mary’s have seemingly been a tournament regular in the last couple of seasons as they have made it three times since 2008, which included a run to the Sweet 16 in 2010. The Gaels play in the West Coast Conference and lost in their conference tournament to the 1-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs. Including the loss in the West Coast Conference tournament championship to Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s lost just three conference games and all of them were to the Bulldogs. The Gaels finished with just 6 losses but won 27 games and were good enough to make the NCAA’s without winning their own conference.
Middle Tennessee State has been a surprise this season by only losing five games. Three of those losses came against teams that have made the NCAA Tournament in Florida, Akron and Belmont. The Blue Raiders lost in the conference semi-final game to Florida International. Middle Tennessee State won 17 games in a row before losing in the Sun Belt Conference tournament. They were the Sun Belt regular season champions and earned the #1 seed in the tournament.
Saint Mary’s is 15-15-1 against the spread and Middle Tennessee State is a similar 15-14-1.
This is another tough game to call. The both lost around the same amount of games but Saint Mary’s have lost three to Gonzaga. The strength of schedule that Middle Tennessee State played has been easier. Saint Mary’s has plenty of experience in the Tournament but Middle Tennessee St is better so take them at www.sportsbookroom.com.