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Louisiana Tech vs. Middle Tennessee State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Middle Tennessee State at Louisiana Tech
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Thomas Assembly Center
Ruston, Lousiana
The Line
The Line: Louisiana Tech -14 -- Over/Under: 137
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Middle Tennessee State at Louisiana Tech
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are looking for their first win since November 16. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 65.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Antonio Green is averaging 18.7 points and 4.1 rebounds while Reggie Scurry is averaging 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. Karl Gamble is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Donovan Sims is dishing 2.4 assists. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.9 rebounds per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost all five road games this season.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 77 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. DaQuan Bracey is averaging 13.9 points and 4.1 assists while Anthony Duruji is averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Exavian Christon is the third double-digit scorer and JaColby Pemberton is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won all nine home games this season.

The Blue Raiders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA and 3-15 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Conference USA, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Blue Raiders last 7 road games. The under is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 overall.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have been absolutely terrible when it comes to covering the number this season, which includes a 2-12 ATS record overall and a 2-7 ATS on the road. I'm usually not the guy who makes picks simply based off ATS records, but when you're not winning SU, not showing much promise in losses and not covering numbers, you simply don't have much betting value. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are outscoring teams by an average of 10.7 points at home this season and are holding teams under 40 percent shooting in their last five games. I'll eat the chalk with the Bulldogs, even if its more of a fade of MTSU.

Pick:
Louisiana Tech -14

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