Creighton vs. Middle Tennessee - 11/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-2) at Creighton Bluejays (5-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm (The Arena at NW Florida St)
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Creighton Bluejays play Saturday at the The Arena at Northwest FL St.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have split their last four games and could use a big win here. On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 57.8 on 34.4 percent shooting and is allowing 59.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jacquez Rozier leads MTSU with 9.6 points on 51.5 percent shooting and Reggie Upshaw Jr. is averaging 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. JaQuel Richmond leads the way with 2.5 assists per game and Perrin Buford is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders just aren’t a good offensive team at all, as they have zero players averaging double-digit points and are shooting 30.4 percent from downtown. MTSU relies heavily on its defense, as it has yet to allow 70 or more points this season.
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The Creighton Bluejays hope to bounce back from their loss to Ole Miss. On the season, Creighton is averaging 76.8 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 63.2 points on 43 percent shooting. Isaiah Zierden leads Creighton with 14.5 points on 50 percent shooting and Austin Chatman is averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 assists. Devin Brooks is dishing out four assists per game and Will Artino is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Creighton Bluejays are still a solid offensive team that is shooting close to 35 percent from deep and turning the ball over just 12 times per game. But Creighton has focused a lot more on defense this season and has won seven of its last eight games when holding a team to 70 or less points.
The Blue Raiders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. The Bluejays are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
MTSU simply doesn't have enough offensive firepower to hang with Creighton for 40 minutes. This is a big mismatch.