The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and UTEP Miners meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Don Haskins Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 71.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Eli Lawerence is averaging 12.7 points and 4.2 rebounds, while Deandre Dishman is averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds. Camryn Weston is the third double-digit scorer and Teafale Lenard Jr. is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game.
The UTEP Miners are averaging 68.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 44 percent shooting. Tae Hardy is averaging 13.1 points and 2.7 rebounds, while Shamar Givance is averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Mario McKinney Jr. is grabbing 3.8 rebounds and Calvin Solomon is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The UTEP Miners are shooting 27 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The UTEP Miners are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game.
The Blue Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Miners are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Blue Raiders last 4 overall. The over is 5-1 in Miners last 6 overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The UTEP Miners are probably in their worst form of the season right now, but MTSU isn't great on the road and this is the last home game for the Miners. I'd assume Shamar Givance will want to go out a winner, and there are endless juniors on this roster as well who could be pondering their future as well. Expect a motivated UTEP side. I'll side with the Miners in this pick em.