Middle Tennesseevs. Southern Miss - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-21) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-23)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Murphy Athletic Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -4.5 -- Over/Under: 138
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Murphy Athletics Center on Saturday evening.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will try to finish the season on a high note after falling to 5-12 in conference play with a 3rd straight loss in the form of a 72-57 loss to Rice last time out. Tyler Stevenson and LaDavius Draine each have a team-high 12.9 PPG with Stevenson logging 6.6 RPG while Gabe Watson has 12.6 PPG and a team-high 3.4 APG this season. Leonard Harper-Baker has 8.7 PPG as well as a team-high 8 RPG and 3.3 APG this season. As a team, Southern Miss is averaging 66.2 points on 44.5% shooting from the field, 30.9% from 3-point range and 73.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.6 points on 43.2% shooting from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range this season. Southern Miss is 1-11 straight up and 6-6 against the spread on the road this season.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will try to finish the season strong as well, sitting in the basement of the C-USA table at 3-14 after a 60-56 loss to UTEP last time out. C.J. Jones leads Middle Tennessee in scoring with 16.3 PPG while Antonio Green is 2nd in scoring with 12.5 PPG this season. Donovan Sims has 8.8 PPG and a team-high 3.2 APG while Jayce Johnson has 8.3 PPG and a team-high 5.1 RPG this season. As a team, Middle Tennessee is averaging 70.9 points on 42.2% shooting from the field, 33.7% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.7 points on 47.1% shooting from the field and 38% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
This matchup is basically for pride, as both teams are pretty much locked in for the conference tournament. With that said, Middle Tennessee picked up the win and cover in the first meeting just a couple of weeks ago, keeping the head-to-head trends alive favoring the road team and the underdog. There’s not much of an edge here either way, so I’ll go with the trends and back the team giving me points. Give me Southern Miss and the points in this one.