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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Tennessee State Tigers - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee State Tigers (2-9) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-5)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Murphy Center)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders brace for a visit from the Tennessee State Tigers.


The Tennessee State Tigers are still in a rebuilding mode for the second consecutive season and their 2-9 record tells us everything here. What they really need is more scoring with 61 points not going to win a whole lot of games. TSU is mired in an eight game slide following a 66-54 defeat at Hampton on Friday. Both teams sank shots in the 34%-35% range but the Pirates took advantage of 17 turnovers and 20 forced turnovers to accumulate 18 more valuable looks. Tennesse State had one player score in double figures with Jay Harris netting 16 points. Christian Mekowulu adding eight points and hauling in 13 rebounds.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Tennessee State Tigers - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders have lost a huge amount of talent from a team that was dominent for several years. The Blue Raiders are soring less then 60 points and that is a difficult number to win with in the long term. MTSU found some scoring punch in a 68-58 victory over visiting Chattanooga on Friday. The Mocs never recovered from a nine point deficit at the half 42% shooting and 12 more shots not enough with the Blue Raiders connecting at 49% from field with a 7-12 mark on threes and a 15-3 edge at the stripe carrying the day. Giddy Potts led the offense with 16 points and seven pulls with Reggie Upshaw Jr. adding eleven while Darnell Harris scored ten points and the duo of Jacquez Rozier and Jaqawn Raymond scoring nine each.


The Tigers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Tennessee State are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Blue Raiders are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games. MTSU are 35-16-2 ATS in their last 53 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win. It's hard to lay substantial chalk with the Blue Raiders because they don't score a lot...

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Middle Tennessee State -14

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