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Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (12-6) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Reynolds Center)

The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Storyline: Tulsa welcomes Middle Tennessee to the Donald Reynolds Center Wednesday with both sides looking to spark conference winning streaks for the first time this season.

The Breakdown: The Golden Hurricane are in a five-way tie for second place in Conference USA with a record of 3-1 and posted their first road victory of the season in a 69-52 victory over Marshall Saturday. Tulsa shot 41.4 percent from the field and hit 14 of 18 from outside the arc, while holding the Thundering Herd to 19 of 58 shooting and 4 of 16 from three-point range. The Golden Hurricane also forced 14 turnovers. Sophomore G James Woodard had a game-high 17 points, including 2 of 5 from downtown, and sophomore G Rashad Ray added 13 points off the bench. Through 18 games, Tulsa is averaging 74.4 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting and Woodard leads the team in scoring with 14.5 ppg.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

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Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, is 2-1 in conference and routed Texas-San Antonio 80-58 in its last outing Saturday. The Blue Raiders used pesky defense to stifle the Roadrunners to 16 of 48 from the field and 22 percent from distance, while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and connecting on 8 of 24 from downtown. Middle Tennessee also dominated the boards 41 to 29 and forced 16 turnovers. Senior G Kerry Hammonds scored a game-high 19 points, including 5 of 7 from downtown, and junior G Marcus Tarrance added 16 points off the bench. On the season, the Blue Raiders are averaging 75.7 ppg on 45 percent shooting and senior F Shawn Jones leads the team with 13.8 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -5 for Tulsa and there’s very little separating these too stat wise, so the lean goes to the home team.

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