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North Texas vs. Middle Tennessee State - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Middle Tennessee State at North Texas
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
UNT Coliseum
Denton, Texas
The Line
North Texas Mean Green -13.5 O/U: 134
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will match up against the North Texas Mean Green in college basketball action Saturday.

Middle Tennessee enters this one at 5-15 on the season. After two straight wins over UTSA and UTEP, the Raiders took a loss in their last outing versus Rice on Thursday.

In the loss to Rice, the Raiders’ Reggie Scurry doubled up with his 22 points and 12 rebounds. Karl Gamble added 13 points and four rebounds for the Raiders in that one, and Antonio Green logged 10 points with five rebounds.

Over on the North Texas side, they’re 17-3 this year. The Mean Green have slipped up a little bit lately however, with a win over Rice sandwiched between losses to UTSA and UAB in their last three outings.

In the loss to the Blazers, North Texas’ top scorer was Umoja Gibson, with 15 points, two rebounds and two assists. Roosevelt Smart (10 points) and Michael Miller (11 points; seven rebounds) were also in double-figures for the Green there.

The Raiders are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. Middle Tennessee is also 5-17 ATS in their last 22 overall and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 following a straight-up loss.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last six Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six overall. North Texas is 1-5 ATS in their last six versus CUSA and 0-8 ATS in their last eight home games.

Middle Tennessee has some scorers on their roster; it’s just that they give up points in bunches and can’t realistically keep up. That said, the Raiders have been doing better on that front across the last three games.

Considering North Texas’ penchant to take things slow on offense in some games (49 versus UAB, 58 versus UTEP, etc.) I don’t see this game as an outright blowout. I’m going to take Middle Tennessee to sneak in on the cover here.

Pick:
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +13.5

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