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Miami vs. Middle Tennessee - 12/25/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-3) at Miami Hurricanes (10-1)

College Basketball: Monday, December 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -7 -- Over/Under: 133 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

Out at Stan Sheriff Center on Monday night, we’ve got Christmas Day college basketball action coming from the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Miami Hurricanes. 

Middle Tennessee enters this game with an 8-3 record so far. The Blue Raiders have lost two of their last three games, falling to Auburn on December 16 and USC on Saturday. In that Trojans game, Middle Tennessee’s top scorer was Nate King, with 28 points and 11 rebounds. 

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Miami vs. Middle Tennessee - 12/25/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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King leads the Blue Raiders in scoring average (22.9 PPG) and rebounding (6.9 RPG) so far. Also averaging in double-digits for Middle Tennessee are Giddy Potts (12.4 PPG) and Brandon Walters (11.5 PPG; 4.6 RPG). 

Over on the Miami side, they are currently sitting at 10-1 overall on the year. The Hurricanes were cruising to open up the year with 10 straight wins, but were shocked by New Mexico State 63-54 on Saturday. In that New Mexico State game, Hurricanes guard Dejan Vasiljevic led the team on 15 points. 

Dewan Huell is the top Hurricanes player this year with 13.3 PPG and 6.5 RPG, while Vasiljevic has 11.4 PPG. Also in the double-digit club for Miami are Bruce Brown (10.2 PPG; 7.5 RPG) and Ja’Quan Newton (10.2 PPG). 

The Blue Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last six Monday games and 26-12 ATS in their last 38 games overall. Middle Tennessee is also 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. Miami is also 4-1 ATS in their last five Monday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. 

Middle Tennessee gave USC a good game on Saturday, and were actually ahead 43-42 at the break. The Trojans pulled away late, however, and the Blue Raiders took the loss 89-84. As for Miami, they’re reeling after that New Mexico State loss, and as bad as the Aggies shot, the Hurricanes shot worse in that one. Miami is prone to bouts of futility on the scoreboard; they’ve scored fewer than 60 points in two of their last three games. I think Middle Tennessee can hang around here and cover.

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