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Middle Tennessee vs. Rice - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (5-18) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-5)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
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The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -21.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Rice Owls (5-18) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-5)

On Thursday out at Murphy Center, the Rice Owls and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be meeting up in college basketball action. 

Rice enters this one with a 5-18 record overall. The Owls have lost five of their last six games, including Saturday’s road outing versus North Texas. In that one, Rice guard Connor Cashaw logged 18 points. 

Cashaw is also the top scorer for Rice on the season with 16.0 PPG and a team-high 6.8 RPG. Ako Adams is the only other Owls player in double-figures at 10.0 PPG and 3.3 APG, but the injured AJ Lapray is close on 9.1 PPG in 10 games. 

Over on the Middle Tennessee side, they’re currently 18-5 on the year. The Raiders have won their last five straight games, and took out Charlotte on Saturday. In that game, Middle Tennessee forward Nick King put up 24 points. 

King sits atop the Middle Tennessee stat sheet with 21.2 PPG and 8.2 RPG, and Giddy Potts is second with 12.4 PPG and 4.0 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Blue Raiders is Brandon Walters with 10.4 PPG and 5.4 RPG. 

Rice is 14-29-2 ATS in the last 45 versus Conference USA and 4-14 ATS in the last 18 Thursday games. The Owls are also 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 games following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games. 

Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee is 25-10 ATS in their last 35 versus Conference USA and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS loss. The Raiders are also 43-19-1 ATS in their last 63 home games and 36-17 ATS in their last 53 games overall. 

Rice’s recent record looks pretty bad, but they’ve had a few decent scoring outings, with at least 70 points in six of their last eight games. Conversely, Middle Tennessee has been decent on the defensive side, with 62 points or fewer allowed in four of their last five. I think the Blue Raiders keep it going here and cover.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -21.5

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