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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. East Carolina Pirates - 1/30/14

East Carolina Pirates (11-9) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (13-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Murphy Center)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


East Carolina will put its five-game losing streak on the line when it plays Middle Tennessee State Thursday night at the Murphy Athletic Center.

If you’re really considering putting some money on this game, there’s really only one side to go. There’s really not a lot of explanation needed. Neither one of these teams have made you any money this season. Middle Tennessee State is 7-9 against the spread, while East Carolina 3-8-2 against the spread.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. East Carolina Pirates - 1/30/14

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The Pirates have failed to cover in their last five games and a lot of it has to do with an offense that is shooting less than 38 percent from the field. They simply can’t put the ball in the hoop and that was taken to even lower levels against Southern Mississippi when they made 16 of out 50 shot attempts. It’s hard to even make this stuff up.

The Blue Raiders at least have a 9-2 straight up record at home and have won five of their last seven. They hold teas to just 68.7 points defensively and is shooting an impressive 45.1 percent from the field.

There are better games Thursday that you should probably consider, but if you must, taking Middle Tennessee is really your only option.

The Blue Raiders at least pretend to be a basketball team and have played pretty well on their home court. Meanwhile, the Pirates, well, yeah. 

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