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Rice vs. Middle Tennessee State - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Middle Tennessee State at Rice
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Tudor Fieldhouse
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Rice -3 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
CUSA.TV
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Rice Owls meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for another victory to build on back-to-back victories. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 63.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Antonio Green is averaging 18.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while Reggie Scurry is averaging 10 points and 5.8 rebounds. Karl Gamble is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Donovan Sims is dishing 2.9 assists. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost all six road games this season.

The Rice Owls could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Rice Owls are averaging 74.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 80.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Robert Martin is averaging 12.5 points and 1.9 assists while Chris Mullins is averaging 12.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. Ako Adams is the third double-digit scorer and Jack Williams is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Rice Owls are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Rice Owls are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Rice Owls have split their last eight home games.

The Blue Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Raiders are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 20-7-1 in Owls last 28 Thursday games. The under is 6-2 in Blue Raiders last 8 road games.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are just 4-13 ATS on the season and 3-11 ATS as an underdog. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have also lost all six road games, and they're shooting just 40.7 percent from the field while losing by an average of 17.5 points in those contests. The Rice Owls have issues of their own obviously, and I'm never eager to lay chalk with a team that's struggling to win straight up. However, you look at these numbers for the Blue Raiders and you simply have to pass on them as a betting option. It's Rice or pass for me in this contest.

Pick:
Rice -3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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