Oklahoma State vs. Middle Tennessee - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-4) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Oklahoma State Cowboys play Tuesday night at the Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost three of their last five games and play their fourth straight true road contest. On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 58.4 points on 38.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Reggie Upshaw Jr. is averaging 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds while Jacquez Rozier is averaging 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. Marcus Tarrance is shooting 45.7 percent from the field and Jaqawn Raymond is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders win games with their defense that is forcing nearly 12 turnovers and has allowed no more than 69 points this season. Offensively, Middle Tennessee is shooting 63.7 percent from the free throw line and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc.
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are off to a 8-1 start and return home after a two-game road trip. On the season, OK State is averaging 73.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 59.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Le'Bryan Nash leads the Cowboys with 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds while Phil Forte III is averaging 17.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Anthony Hickey Jr. is averaging 3.7 assists and Michael Cobbins is grabbing 6.2 rebounds per contest. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are playing above-average defense that’s forcing nearly 16 turnovers and holding teams to 30.1 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, of course, Oklahoma State is shooting 71.5 percent from the free throw line and 34 percent from beyond the arc. OK State is also averaging 38.6 rebounds per game.
The Blue Raiders are 8-23 ATS in their last 31 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Cowboys are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 14-29-1 ATS in their last 44 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Middle Tennessee has shown the past two games that it can win on the road and has been a solid team all year on the defensive end. Oklahoma State is its steepest comp yet, but the Blue Raiders and the double-digit cushion seems like the pick here.