Middle Tennessee vs. Louisiana Tech - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (10-7) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (11-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Murphy Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -10 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to the Murphy Athletic Center to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 10-7 (1-3 C-USA) on the season after defeating the UTEP Miners, 97-88, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech went into halftime with a 42-38 team and pulled from UTEP after taking a 76-67 lead with 7:15 left in regulation. Louisiana Tech shot 55.6% from the field and 52.9% (9-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Derric Jean who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 80.5 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisiana Tech has been led by Jalen Harris (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), DaQuan Bracey (15.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Jacobi Boykins (14.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg), and Derric Jean (9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-4 (3-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the FAU Owls, 61-57, this past Saturday. Middle Tennessee struggled offensively throughout the game, however, was able to pull late after a 7-1 Blue Raiders run gave Middle Tennessee a 57-50 lead with 2:15 left in regulation. Middle Tennessee shot 38.3% from the field and 18.2% (2-11) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was Nick King who had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 74.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Middle Tennessee has been led by Nick King (22.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Giddy Potts (13.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg), Brandon Walters (10.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Tyrik Dixon (4.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Middle Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7games following a straight up win however, are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. C-USA opponents. The Blue Raiders are 43-16-2 ATS in their last 61 home games vs. a team with a losing road record however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Louisiana Tech has struggled a bit as of late however, the Bulldogs are still a very dangerous team in the C-USA and have been strong on the offensive side of the ball as they rank 56th in scoring offense, 91st in FG%, and 43rd in 3P-FG%. Middle Tennessee is one of the favorites to win the conference championship this season and has been led by their defense that ranks 85th in scoring defense and 91st in turnover margin. Middle Tennessee plays well at home, however, the Bulldogs looked good on the road earlier this season against Alabama and Western Kentucky and as I think the Louisiana State offense will have some success in this one, I’m taking the Bulldogs and the points.