Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Old Dominion Monarchs - 3/13/14 C-USA Quarterfinal
Old Dominion Monarchs (16-16) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (23-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm (Don Haskins Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders an Old Dominion Monarchs will play Thursday afternoon in a C-USA tournament matchup. When these teams played on February 1, the Blue Raiders won 64-48.
The Monarchs are coming off a 73-58 tournament Wednesday victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd. In the win, they shot 48.9 percent from the field, grabbed 39 rebounds and held the Thundering Herd to 41.2 percent shooting. Guard Aaron Bacote led the way with 25 points. This performance wasn’t quite expected from a team that averages 63.9 points on 43 percent shooting. Defensively, they allow 64.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting. They are 15-14 ATS overall.
The Blue Raiders ended their regular season winning 11 of their last 12 games. On the year, they average 68.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allow 63 points on 41.8 percent shooting. They’re led by senior forward Shawn Jones, who averages 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. As a team, they average 36.6 rebounds, but their weakness would be their lousy 66.7 free throw shooting percentage. They are 13-14 ATS overall this season.
The Monarchs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against teams with a winning SU record. The Blue Raiders are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a SU win and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven neutral site games.
Middle Tennessee simply had its way with Old Dominion in the last meeting, shooting 51.2 percent from the field and holding the Monarchs to 33.3 percent shooting. Considering the Monarchs are already outclassed in this matchup and are playing back-to-back games, the Blue Raiders should win this game by double digits just like they did in the earlier meeting.
Take the Blue Raiders and the chalk.