Florida International Panthers (10-6) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (10-6)
January 15, 2022 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -8 / Florida International Panthers +8 ; Over/Under: 140.5
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The FIU Panthers will travel to the Murphy Center to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The FIU Panthers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-6 on the season after being defeated by the UAB Blazers, 84-56, this past Thursday. FIU trailed by just a 38-34 margin at halftime, however, the Panthers were dominated on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and could not fight back after falling behind by a 65-42 margin with 11:12 left in regulation. FIU shot 35.5% from the field & 23.1% from beyond the arc while allowing UAB to shoot 46.9% from the field & 47.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Panthers was Tevin Brewer who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 assists.
On the season, FIU is averaging 74.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 10.4 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FIU has been led by Tevin Brewer (15.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.1 apg), Denver Jones (12.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.8 apg), Clevon Brown (7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg), & Eric Lovett (7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg).
Defensively, FIU is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders snapped a 3-game losing streak and improved to 10-6 on the season after defeating the FAU Owls, 70-57, this past Thursday. Middle Tennessee was outstanding defensively against FAU and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 40-24 lead. Middle Tennessee shot 43.1% from the field & 36.7% from beyond the arc while holding FAU to just 36.4% from the field & 23.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was Josh Jefferson who had 19 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
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On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 74.8 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 30.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Middle Tennessee has been led by Josh Jefferson (13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Eli Lawrence (10.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Donovan Sims (9.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg), & Camryn Weston (8.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 3.7.
The Panthers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games, however, are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games.
FIU has been led by their offense that currently ranks 136th in scoring offense & 13th in three-pointers made per game, however, the despite the defense ranking 67th in defensive FG%, the Panthers have struggled on the defensive end of the court and currently rank just 168th in scoring defense & 277th in rebound margin. Middle Tennessee has been solid on both ends of the court this season and come into this matchup ranked t-120th in scoring offense, 119th in scoring defense, & 34th in turnover margin.
FIU might come into this game with a 10-6 record, however, this is a team that played a very easy schedule to start the season and have lost 5 of their last 7 games and looked awful at UAB on Thursday. Middle Tennessee is 7-0 at home this season and as I think their defense is going to give FIU trouble in this one, I think the Blue Raiders do enough to win this one by double-digits and cover this spread. Good Luck!