Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Old Dominion Monarchs - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Old Dominion Monarchs (15-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (10-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Murphy Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders butt heads with the Old Dominion Monarchs at the murphy Center.
The Old Dominion Monarchs bring in an impressive 15-2 record in to Thursday's contest with an eye on the CUSA lead and a national ranking. The Monarchs don't stand out offensively but don't have too because their defense does at only 55 points allowed. ODU improved to 4-1 in the conference with a 61-50 victory versus visiting North Texas Saturday. The Monarchs led by ten at the intermission and held serve the rest of the way with both teams sinking shots in the 35% range ODU nailing 10-24 threes. Trey Freeman gave the offense 18 points on 7-14 including four bombs with Aaron Bacote adding 14 points and six pulls. Jonathan Arledge and Ambrose Mosley each added nine points apiece with Richard Ross hauling in ten rebounds.
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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders score and allow 60 points which leaves zero room for error so a boost in scoring would go a long way. Having said that the Blue Raiders aren't doing all that bad at 10-8 as they saw their three game winning streak come to an end in a 75-68 loss at Louisiana Tech Saturday. The Bulldogs hit shots at 42.6% with MTSU responding with 36% marksmanship and stayed reasonably close with a few more makes from beyond the arc. Ja'Quel Richmond was the Blue Raiders high scorer with 14 points but was only 4-11 from the floor with Reggie Upshaw Jr. adding 12 points and five pulls. Jaqawn Raymond and Perrin Buford each scored nine points with five and ten rebounds respectively but the bottom line is MTSU has to win when coming close to 70 points.
The Monarchs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. Old Dominion are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Blue Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. MTSU are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. The Blue Raiders have surprised at times but if the Monarchs want a national ranking they need to win these type of challenges...