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FIU vs. Middle Tennessee - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (15-14) at Florida International Golden Panthers (13-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (U.S. Century Bank Arena)

The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and FIU Golden Panthers meet Thursday at the FIU Arena.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders need a win after losing six of their last nine games. On the season, MTSU is averaging 63.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting and is allowing 63.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Reggie Upshaw Jr. is averaging 10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while Jacquez Rozier is averaging 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Perrin Buford is grabbing 3.2 rebounds and Jaqawn Raymond is dishing 2.1 assists. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have four players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 70.5 percent from the line and 35.7 percent from deep. Defensively, MTSU is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last eight games.

FIU vs. Middle Tennessee - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The FIU Golden Panthers need a win after losing four of their last six games. On the season, Florida International is averaging 61.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 66.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Dennis Mavin is averaging 17.2 points and 2.9 assists while Adrian Diaz is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds. Daviyon Draper is grabbing five rebounds and Dominique Williams is shooting 43.2 percent. The FIU Golden Panthers have three players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 63.6 percent from the line and 30.7 percent from deep. Defensively, FIU is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in five of its last six games.

The Blue Raiders are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 road games and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Golden Panthers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

In a game between two teams that can't seem to get going, I'm taking the home team and the points. However, the best bet may be to avoid this game altogether. 

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Florida International Golden Panthers +3.5

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