Middle Tennessee vs. Marshall - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (20-10) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (24-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Murphy Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX11; WVAH-DT2; https://www.facebook.com/StadiumCollegeBasketball/
The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to the Murphy Athletic Center to take on the 24th ranked Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Marshall Thundering Herd dropped to 20-10 (11-6 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the UAB Blazers, 91-77, this past Thursday. Marshall was dominated on the boards by the Blazers throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 75-56 margin with 9:54 left in regulation. Marshall allowed UAB to shoot 48.6% from the field and was outrebounded by the Blazers by a 49-31 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was Jon Elmore who had 28 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Marshall is averaging 84.7 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Thundering Herd are averaging 10.1 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marshall has been led by Jon Elmore (22.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.7 spg), C.J. Burks (21.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.1 apg), Ajdin Penava (15.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jarrod West (8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Marshall is allowing their opponents to an average of 79.7 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Thundering Herd has a rebound margin of -5.0 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
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The 24th ranked Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won their 11th straight game and improved to 24-5 (16-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 82-64, this past Thursday. Middle Tennessee pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 66-49 lead with 7:01 left in regulation and clinched their 2nd straight C-USA title with the win. Middle Tennessee shot 55.0% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was Brandon Walters who had a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks. On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 75.3 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Middle Tennessee has been led by Nick King (21.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), Giddy Potts (13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Antwain Johnson (10.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Brandon Walters (10.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Defensively, Middle Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Thundering Herd are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Blue Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. C-USA opponents and 48-18-2 ATS in their last 68 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
The Marshall Thundering Herd has won 6 of their last 8 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 12th in scoring offense, 9th in assists per game, and 57th in FG%. Middle Tennessee has clearly shown that they are the team to beat in the C-USA this season and has been led by their defense that ranks 29th in scoring defense, 88th in defensive FG%, and 26th in rebound margin. Marshall was able to defeat Middle Tennessee at home earlier this season, however, the Thundering Herd has looked great in their last 2 road games against North Texas and UAB and as I expect Middle Tennessee wanting some revenge on senior night, I think the Blue Raiders will do enough to cover this spread.