Middle Tennessee vs. Louisiana Tech - 1/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (13-5) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-15)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Murphy Athletic Center)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +10.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Murphy Athletic Center on Thursday night.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will look to rebound from a 51-50 loss to North Texas in their last outing. Amorie Archibald led the bulldogs with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting as the lone double-digit scorer for Louisiana Tech in the losing effort. Mubarak Muhammed added 6 points with a team-high 11 rebounds while Derric Jean chipped in 4 points with 7 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists as well in the defeat. Daquan Bracey had 9 points on just 2 of 14 shooting but still leads Louisiana Tech in scoring with an average of 12.4 points per game while Muhammed leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game and Jean leads Louisiana Tech in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 75.3 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 65.4% from the foul line this season.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will be out to snap a ten-game losing streak after an 83-69 loss to FIU in their last outing. C.J. Jones led the Blue Raiders with 24 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 4 threes while Antonio Green added 16 points and Reggie Scurry and Jayce Johnson each had 10 points with 5 rebounds to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Middle Tennessee State in the losing effort. Jones leads Middle Tennessee in scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game while Scurry leads the Blue Raiders in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game and Donovan Sims leads Middle Tennessee in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Middle Tennessee State is averaging 71.9 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 65.5% from the foul line this season.
Louisiana Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. Middle Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
I’d like to say I think that Middle Tennessee comes out guns blazing here and puts their best foot forward, but then I’d be lying to you and I don’t want to do that. There’s simply no backing the Blue Raiders at all, especially against one of the better teams in the conference like Louisiana Tech. This is a lot to be giving up on the road but I don’t care. It’s LA Tech or pass for me here.