NCAA Tournament 2012 Odds: Mississippi Valley State Vs. Western Kentucky

Mar 6, 2012; Hot Springs, AR, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward George Fant (44) talks to guard T.J. Price (52) following a foul on Price against the North Texas Mean Green during the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Summit Arena. Western Kentucky defeated North Texas 74-70. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

How does a 15-18 team even have a shot at playing in the NCAA tournament?

If you're Western Kentucky, you simply enter your conference tournament as the No. 7 seed and pull off three successive upsets to win the Sun Belt title to earn your way in. They are one of the hottest against-the-spread teams in the tournament, riding a 13-2 ATS streak in their final 15 games.

Odds: Western Kentucky -4.5 at TopBet
Western Kentucky (Sun Belt): 15-18 SU, 18-14 ATS, 17-14-1 OU - game log
Mississippi Valley State (Southwestern): 21-12 SU, 2-6 ATS, 4-3-1 OU - game log

The Hilltoppers are favored by 4.5 points against the Delta Devils, winners of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed.

The winner of this matchup will be the No. 16 seed in the South Region and will take on No. 1 Kentucky in second-round NCAA Tournament action.

Western Kentucky was a winning proposition during the year in the Sun Belt, going 18-14 ATS overall. MVSU is 20-1 SU in their past 21 games.

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