Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Toledo Rockets - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (3-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -2 - Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look to hold down home court as they host the Toledo Rockets as part of the Challenge in Music City.
The Toledo Rockets look to stay hot after winning their 3rd game in their last 4, the most recent being an 83-79 double overtime victory against Evansville. Leading the charge for Toledo was Luke Knapke, who put up double figures for the first time this season with 19 points on 7 of 12 from the floor with a pair of threes. Behind Knapke was the team's second-leading scorer this season, Steve Taylor Jr., who put up 15 points to go along with 15 rebounds for his 4th straight double-double. Jaelen Sanford also put up a total of 15 points while Daniel Dzierzawski put up 10 points as the final Rocket to put up double digits on the night. Jonathan Williams leads the Rockets with 19.3 points per game, while the aforementioned Taylor Jr. is averaging a double-double with 16.8 points, a team-leading 12.5 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game. As a team, Toledo is putting up 82.8 points per game on 46.3% from the field, 33.9% from 3-point range and 69.2% from the foul line.
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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders look to build on their strong start to the season, improving to 4-1 with a 68-63 win over NC-Wilmington. The man with quite possibly the best name in D-I basketball, Giddy Potts, led the Blue Raiders with 22 points on 9 of 13 from the floor with a pair of threes to go along with team-highs of 7 rebounds and 8 assists. MTSU's leading scorer this season, Jacorey Williams finished 2nd with 16 points and Reggie Upshaw finished the night with 12 points, leaving Upshaw, Williams and Potts as the only 3 Blue Raiders to score in double figures in the game. Jacorey Williams leads the team with 19.8 points per game while Upshaw leads the team in rebounds and assists, pulling down 8 boards and dishing out 3.5 helpers per game. As a team, MTSU is putting up 80 points per game on 51.5% from the field, the 17th-best mark in the nation. The Blue Raiders are making 34.2% of their attempts from behind the arc but where the teams needs to improve is at the charity stripe, where MTSU is making just 57.9% of their free throw attempts, the 4th-worst percentage in D-I.
Middle Tennessee State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the MAC while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Toledo is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win.
Playing consecutive nights in these showcase tournaments is never easy, especially when you have to play a double overtime game against a solid Evansville team which Toledo did on Friday. Middle Tennessee had an easier opponent and should be a little bit more rested here.
Lay the points with Middle Tennessee State.