Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders beat Michigan State Spartans, 90-81 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday and busted more brackets in the March Madness this year.
Middle Tennessee became just the 8th team in NCAA basketball tournament history to pull off the big upset in the first round. The Blue Raiders used a balanced scoring attack with five starts scoring in double figures against a Michigan State team, who was considered one of the favorites to win the NCAA championship in the 2016 March Madness.
Reggie Upshaw led the winners with 21 points while Darnell Harris and Perrin Buford added 15 points each for the Middle Tennessee, who were 19-1 underdogs to win the game against the Spartans.
According to NCAA stats, the No. 2 seeds were 118-7 all-time against No. 15 teams in NCAA tournament history before Middle Tennessee’s upset over Michigan State.
“We wanted to win this game as bad as anybody wanted us to win,” Giddy Potts, who scored 19 points for Middle Tennessee, said via ESPN.
The last time a No. 15 team beat a No. 2 team was in 2013, when Florida Gulf Coast beat Georgetown in their first round match-up.
Watch the highlights of the Middle Tennessee upset of Michigan State in the video below:
(Video Courtesy: YouTube/NCAA March Madness)
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo admitted that they did not play good defense but credited Middle Tennessee for their offense.
“I’ll be honest with you, in my wildest dreams I didn’t think they’d hit some of the shots they hit. didn’t guard them good, but man, they made some shots,” Izzo said post-game of the NCAA tournament game.