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Middle Tennessee State vs. Charlotte CUSA Tournament - 3/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte 49ers (14-17) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (16-15)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Legacy Arena)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RSN

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the Charlotte 49ers face off on Wednesday in Birmingham in an opening round game in the Conference USA men’s college basketball tournament.

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders finished the regular season at 16-15 and finshed in sixth place in the Conference USA standings. MTSU is averaging 64.3 points and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. Reggie Upshaw Jr. leads the Blue Raiders averaging 10.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Jaqawn Raymond is averaging 7.6 points, Perrin Buford is averaging 7.3 points, and Jacquez Rozier is averaging 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. Middle Tennessee State is 0-2 in neutral site games and 9-9 in Conference USA.

Middle Tennessee State vs. Charlotte CUSA Tournament - 3/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte 49rs finished the regular season at 14-17 and they finished in 11th place in the Conference USA standings. Charlotte is averaging 74.3 points and they are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.7 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent. Torin Dorn leads the 49ers averaging 11.8 points per game. Pierra Henry is averaging 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds, Terrence Williams is averaging 9.9 points, and Mike Thorne Jr. is averaging 9.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Charlotte is 2-2 in neutral site games and 7-11 in Conference USA.

Middle Tennessee State is 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, 2-9-1 against the spread against Conference USA, and 0-4-1 against the spread following a win. Charlotte is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 7-2 against the spread in neutral site games, and 4-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

These teams met earlier this year at MTSU with the Blue Raiders getting a three point win but Charlotte is a mild favorite here as they were slightly better away from home. I don’t love this game but it is a slight lean to Charlotte who just has a lot more experience. 

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