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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Belmont Bruins - 12/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Belmont Bruins (7-4) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Murphy Center)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Belmont Bruins will travel to play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in a non-conference game on Thursday.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 6-2 and are coming off of a win against Auburn by a score of 88-81 in overtime. Middle Tennessee trailed by 9 points halftime but stormed back to force overtime and get the win. Reggie Upshaw led Middle Tennessee with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Darnell Harris added 13 points and 9 rebounds for Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee tied their opponent in rebounding with 47 rebounds and had 14 assists in their victory. Middle Tennessee is averaging 70.3 points per game while giving up 67.9 points per game. Middle Tennessee is also averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Giddy Potts is averaging 14.8 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Reggie Upshaw is averaging 12.4 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game for Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee is shooting 64.1% on free throws, 38.6% on three-pointers, and 44.4% on all field goal attempts.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Belmont Bruins - 12/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Belmont Bruins are 7-4 and are coming off of a win against Ouachita Baptist by a score of 80-54. Belmont led by 15 points at halftime and cruised to an easy victory in this game. Mack Mercer had 16 points and 4 rebounds for Belmont. Evan Bradds added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Bruins. Belmont out rebounded their opponent by a total of 37-35 and had 12 assists in their victory. Belmont is averaging 84.5 points per game while giving up 78.5 points per game. Belmont is also averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and 17.3 assists per game. Evan Bradds is averaging 18.7 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Craig Bradshaw is averaging 16.5 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for Belmont. Belmont is shooting 72% on free throws, 35.6% on three-pointers, and 51.2% on all field goal attempts.

Belmont is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games. Belmont is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over is 8-2 in Belmont’s last 10 games overall. Middle Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The over is 6-2 in Middle Tennessee’s last 8 games against the Ohio Valley.

Middle Tennessee really impressed me with their win against Auburn, and they play better defense than Belmont does. Middle Tennessee also has a small rebounding advantage in this game, but Belmont is the higher scoring team. This should be a good game, but I am going to pick Middle Tennessee.

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -1

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