Florida International vs. Middle Tennessee - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-14) at Florida International Panthers (12-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Ocean Bank Convocation Center)
The Line: Florida International Panthers -9 -- Over/Under: 154 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the FIU Panthers meet in college basketball action from FIU Arena on Saturday.
Middle Tennessee comes into this one at 4-14 overall. The Raiders are on a nine-game losing streak to Murray State, Mississippi, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, ODU, Charlotte, Marshall, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.
In the OT loss to the Owls, Middle Tennessee’s Donovan Sims led the way on 24 points with three rebounds. Jayce Johnson added 22 points and seven boards there, and Antonio Green had 21 points and six rebounds.
Over on the FIU side, they’re currently 12-6 this year. The Panthers are 3-2 in their last five games, falling to Rice and North Texas while otherwise beating UTEP, UTSA and UAB in that time.
In the win over the Blazers, FIU’s Eric Lovett led the team on 23 points, and Trejon Jacob had 21 points with four rebounds there. Devon Andrews had a solid line on 15 points, three assists and two rebounds as well.
The under is 8-3 in the Panthers’ last 11 home games and they’re 1-5 ATS in their last six Saturday games. FIU is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS win.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Middle Tennessee’s last eight Saturday games and they’re 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS win.
Middle Tennessee stuck in there with a good Owls team on Thursday, and very nearly pulled off a big upset victory. The Raiders gave up 97 points in that one, which continues a trend of allowing at least 68 in six straight games.
As for FIU, they’ve had a few scoring duds here and there but on the whole they’re doing better lately with 171 combined over their last pair. I’m going to stick with the Panthers on the cover here.