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It’s the Championship Game that No One Expected To See: UAB vs. Middle Tennessee @ 2:30 on Fox Sports 1


SUNP0025In less than two hours, we will start a game that no one saw coming. The #6 Seed Blue Raiders have done what few people actually thought they could do in getting to the championship game at the Legacy Arena.

Middle Tennessee was on the side of the bracket that was loaded with obstacles. Everyone thought they should handle Florida International pretty easily, but I certainly didn’t think they could handle Old Dominion or UTEP for that matter. However, the Blue Raiders have risen to the occasion and answered the bell when everyone doubted them. Regardless of what happens today, Middle Tennessee is going to be a force to reckon with in the future as they will only be losing two seniors off of this team.

Middle Tennessee's Press Conference after continuing their magical run in the C-USA Tournament

Middle Tennessee’s Press Conference after continuing their magical run in the C-USA Tournament

UAB has been a surprise of its own this week. Their first game was against Western Kentucky, which was a thrilling game unto itself. They also had to take on the regular season champion last night in LA Tech. That was a thrilling game that ended up going into overtime. They had as big of a lead of 16 points with ten minutes left in the 2nd half. However, Tech game roaring back and had a chance to win it at the buzzer. No matter what happens today, I think that UAB Basketball is going to be in an excellent place with Coach Haase at the helm. The future looks bright as they are only losing one Senior off of this team.

Keys To The Game:

1. Middle Tennessee wants to win this game, they are going to need to shoot the ball better than the 35.8% they shot against UTEP.

2. They will also need to start fast in order to keep this electric crowd out of the game as much as possible

3. The opposite is going to be true for UAB. They are going to need to get onto a quick start early to keep this huge crowd into the game as much as possible.

4. UAB also needs to play for a full 40 minutes and not get complacent in the 2nd half like they did last night.  They need to be mentally sharp for the entire game to have a chance to go to NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.

Prediction: I think that we are going to see an excellent game today between two really physical teams.  I think that UAB will come out on top in this one 73-67.

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