No. 15 Middle Tennessee Destroys Everyone’s Bracket, Upsets No. 2 Michigan State

Bradley Whitaker
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Okay, now is the time to light your bracket on fire.

For those who didn’t want to select a No. 1 seed to go all the way in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans looked to be a smart choice. But there’s a reason they call this March Madness.

No. 15 Middle Tennessee shocked the Spartans with a 90-81 victory, holding Denzel Valentine, who many expected to be the biggest star in the tournament, to just 13 points. Valentine and his squad are making a quick exit.

The Blue Raiders won the hustle game over the Spartans, often diving for the ball and beating them up the floor before MSU could set up their defense.

Clearly one team wanted it more than the other.

The many and-1 plays also helped:

For a squad that went 29-5 in the regular season, MSU looked like the inferior team on Friday. Sure, the Spartans had a 30-28 advantage in the rebounding department, but MTSU’s strategy of racing the ball up the floor tired out their opponent. Tom Izzo’s team looked like a half marathon runner trying to run a marathon.

MSU held on for most of the game, preventing the Blue Raiders from making a significant run. That was until the final minute, when MTSU scored on this dagger.

So that’s it for the vast majority of brackets. The Spartans, who always seem to go far in the tournament, blew it big time.

This is what sadness looks like:

As for MTSU, they have all the confidence in the world heading into their second-round game against Syracuse. With all five starters scoring in double digits, this is a team that can beat anyone simply by spreading the basketball around.

One quick question, why is it Middle Tennessee and not Central Tennessee?

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