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Middle Tennessee vs. Southern Mississippi - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-9) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (12-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Murphy Center)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -16 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will travel to the Murphy Athletic Center to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-9 (2-3 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the UAB Blazers, 86-75, this past Thursday. Southern Mississippi had no answers on the defensive end against the UAB offense and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 46-27 margin at halftime. Southern Mississippi allowed UAB to shoot 61.5% from the field and 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Tyree Griffin who had 23 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 73.1 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Mississippi has been led by Cortez Edwards (16.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 spg), Tyree Griffin (15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.8 spg), Dominic Magee (11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Kevin Holland (9.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Southern Mississippi is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of -4-4 and a turnover margin of 5.7.

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Middle Tennessee vs. Southern Mississippi - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won their 4th consecutive game and improved to 12-4 (4-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Louisiana Tech, 72-57, this past Thursday night. Middle Tennessee was outstanding on the defensive end throughout the game and pulled away late after taking a 67-55 lead with 2:56 left in regulation. Middle Tennessee held Louisiana Tech to 36.8% shooting from the field and 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was Nick King who had a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 74.6 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Middle Tennessee has been led by Nick King (22.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), Giddy Potts (13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 spg), Brandon Walters (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg), and Tyrik Dixon (4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Middle Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Golden Eagles are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Blue Raiders are 44-16-2 ATS in their last 62 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 40-19-1 ATS in their last 60 home games.

Southern Mississippi has played better as of late and although the Golden Eagles rank just 214th in scoring offense, the Golden Eagles have been solid on the defensive end as they rank 168th in scoring defense and 6th in turnover margin. Middle Tennessee continues to show C-USA that they are one of the teams to beat this season and come in with a solid defense that ranks t-73rd in scoring defense and 170th in defensive FG%. Middle Tennessee is an outstanding team that that can challenge even the best teams in the country, however, the Blue Raiders generally play in low scoring affairs and as the Golden Eagles do have a decent duo in Cortez Edwards and Tyree Griffin, I think Southern Mississippi does enough to cover with the points.  

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