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Middle Tennessee State vs. Kent State CIT Tournament - 3/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kent State Golden Flashes (21-11) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (19-16)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Murphy Center)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the Kent State Golden Flashes face off on Wednesday at the Murphy Center in first round CIT Tournament matchup.

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 19-16 this season and made a nice run in the Conference USA Tournament but came up short in the championship game. MTSU is averaging 63.7 points and they are shooting 41.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Reggie Upshaw Jr. leads the Blue Raiders averaging 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Perrin Buford is averaging 8.0 points, Jaqawn Raymond is averaging 7.7 points, and Jacquez Rozier is averaging 7.0 points. Middle Tennessee State is 12-3 at home and 7-6 in out of conference games.

Middle Tennessee State vs. Kent State CIT Tournament - 3/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes are 21-11 this season and they lost in the first round of the MAC Tournament. Kent State is averaging 65.7 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Jimmy Hall leads the Golden Flashes averaging 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Devareux Manley is averaging 13.3 points, Kris Brewer is averaging 11 points, and Derek Jackson is averaging 10.2 points. Kent State is 8-5 on the road and 9-4 in out of conference games.

Middle Tennessee State is 15-5-1 against the spread in their last 21 home games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 2-7 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Kent State is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games and 19-9-1 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record.

MTSU seems to have found something that works last week and I see the home crowd getting them even more fired up for the win. 

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Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders -2

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