Rice vs. Middle Tennessee - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Middle Tennessee (7-21) at Rice (13-15)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)
The Line: Rice -8 -- Over/Under: 153.5
TV: C-USA TV
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (7-21, CONF 3-12) and Rice Owls (13-15, CONF 5-10) face off in a Conference USA showdown at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice knocked off Middle Tennessee earlier this season 91-83.
MTSU has had all kinds of struggles this season but they are coming off a win in their last game. The Blue Raiders were four-point underdogs against Southern Miss but the defense locked down giving up only 53 points and that led to a victory.
Away from home this season Middle Tennessee State has struggled winning only three of their 12 games on the road. The offense has been fine for MTSU but the defense has let them down big time giving up 77.6 points per game on the road. The Blue Raiders are led by C.J Jones who is averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field.
In the last game against Southern Miss Jones played 33 minutes and shot 50 percent from the field putting up 18 points. If the Blue Raiders want to win this game, Jones is going to need to have a big game.
Rice has been up and down this season but they come into this game having lost two of the last three games. In the Owls last game against UTEP they only scored 62 points and that wasn’t enough to get the job done.
At home this season has a 7-6 record and they like to push the pace. Rice is averaging 79.1 points per game while the defense is giving up 76.4 points at home.
In Rice’s last game it was forward Drew Peterson who put up 18 points, but that wasn’t enough to get the job done. If Rice can push the pace, they should be in good shape to come away with a win.
The under is 7-2 in the Blue Raiders last nine Sunday games.
Rice already beat Middle Tennessee State once this year and it’s going to happen again. Look for Rice to run up the score and that will be enough to win this game and cover the spread.