Middle Tennessee vs. Marshall - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (17-15) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (22-9)
College Basketball: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Legacy Arena)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Marshall Thundering Herd face off on Friday in Conference USA college basketball action.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 22-9 this season and they earned their way to this game by blasting Charlotte on Thursday. MTSU is averaging 72 points per game and they are shooting 44.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Giddy Potts leads the Blue Raiders averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Reggie Upshaw is averaging 13.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, Darnell Harris is averaging 11.8 points, and Perrin Buford is averaging 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Middle Tennessee State is 14-5 in CUSA and 3-0 in neutral site games.
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The Marshall Thundering Herd are 17-15 this season and they earned their way into this game with a win over UTEP on Thursday. Marshall is averaging 85.9 points per game and they are shooting 46.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 84.4 points and their opponents are shooting 46.4 percent. James Kelly leads the Herd averaging 20.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Jon Elmore is averaging 16 points and 6.0 assists, Ryan Taylor is averaging 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Stevie Browning is averaging 12.7 points. Marshall is 13-6 in CUSA and 2-2 in neutral site games.
Middle Tennessee is 5-2 against the spread in neutral site games, 2-6 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Marshall is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two teams.
Middle Tennessee is a light favorite here and I expect them to win easily.