The Sun Belt Conference Tournament is set to begin on Friday night and fans across the board are well aware of who the favorite is.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders currently sit at 27-4 overall, aided by a 19-1 mark within the conference. The Blue Raiders have not lost since Jan. 3, tallying off 16 consecutive victories in the process. Yes, we know who the favorite is.
A true dark horse threat within the NCAA Tournament, Middle Tennessee State will be entering the bracket as one of the hottest teams in the country. For now however, they remain focus on finishing up what they have already started, a sweep of the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles.
As the top seed in the bracket, the Blue Raiders are awaiting the winner of the 8/9 match-up in the field. Eighth seeded Louisiana Lafayette will take on North Texas on Friday night with the winner earning the right to play Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders have defeated both of the aforementioned teams twice already this season.
It’s ironic that North Texas is a potential quarterfinal opponent for top-seeded Middle Tennessee State, especially considering this could’ve been a preseason prediction for the title bout with a right to dance on the line. The Mean Green, who have potential first round draft selection Tony Mitchell, have certainly been a disappointment this season, but with that being said, MTSU will still need to be on their toes no matter which team they draw.
One of the better balanced squads in the nation, Middle Tennessee State head coach Kermit Davis continues to be on the rise. A postseason March that could certainly be special will begin on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Tournament.
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