Middle Tennessee vs. Florida International - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida International Golden Panthers (8-6) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Murphy Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida International Golden Panthers and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders play at Murphy Athletic Center.
The Florida International Golden Panthers have split their last 10 games and play their ninth true road game. On the season, FIU is averaging 62.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Dennis Mavin is averaging 16.1 points and three assists while Adrian Diaz is averaging 14.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. Daviyon Draper is grabbing five rebounds and Dominique Williams is shooting 48.8 percent from the field. The Florida International Golden Panthers relies on their defense that’s forcing nearly 13 turnovers and has allowed 64 or less points in six of their last nine games. Offensively, Florida International is shooting 63.4 percent from the free throw line and 28.6 percent from downtown.
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have split their last eight games and look for their first conference win. On the season, MTSU is averaging 57 points on 38.3 percent shooting and is allowing 59.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Jacquez Rozier is averaging nine points and 5.5 rebounds while Reggie Upshaw Jr. is averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Jaqawn Raymond is grabbing four rebounds and Marcus Tarrance is shooting 41.5 percent from the field. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders struggle offensively, as they have no double-digit scorers and are shooting 67.2 percent from the line and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Middle Tennessee is forcing 12.4 turnovers and has allowed 64 or less points in four straight games.
The Golden Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games. The Blue Raiders are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA.
FIU has done well this season as an underdog, which includes a recent SU underdog win over FAU. Middle Tennessee hasn't been playing well and is 0-2 SU in C-USA play already. I'm taking the points here.