Rice vs. Middle Tennessee - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice vs. Middle Tennessee - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-21) at Rice Owls (13-15)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rice Owls -7.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Rice Owls meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Tudor Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will try to climb out of the basement of the C-USA standings over the last week of the season, sitting at 3-12 in conference play after a 61-53 win over Southern Miss last time out. C.J. Jones leads Middle Tennessee in scoring with 16.5 PPG while Antonio Green has 12.9 PPG and Donovan Sims has 9.2 PPG and a team-high 3.4 APG this season. Jayce Johnson also has 8.6 PPG and a team-high 5 RPG for the Blue Raiders this year. As a team, Middle Tennessee is averaging 71.6 points on 42.3% shooting from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 66.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.2 points on 47% shooting from the field and 37.9% from 3-point range this season. Middle Tennessee is 3-9 straight up and 6-6 against the spread on the road this season.

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The Rice Owls will look to climb out of a logjam in the bottom half of the C-USA table, sitting at 5-10 in conference play after a 68-62 loss to UTEP last time out. Trey Murphy III leads Rice in scoring with 13.2 PPG along with 5.6 RPG while Robert Martin has 11.4 PPG and 5.6 RPG this season. Ako Adams has 11.2 PPG and Drew Peterson has 10.4 PPG with team-highs of 6.7 RPG and 3.3 APG this season. As a team, Rice is averaging 73.8 points on 43.3% shooting from the field, 34.2% from 3-point range and 70.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.6 points on 45.5% shooting from the field and 32.8% from 3-point range this season. Rice is 7-6 straight up and 6-5 against the spread at home this season.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game, and Rice has been strong at home, averaging 79.8 PPG at home this season. However, Rice is being outscored by 2.8 PPG in conference play and Middle Tennessee isn’t much farther off, being outscored by 5.7 PPG in conference this season. Rice won at Middle Tennessee just a few weeks ago, and while I’m not sure the Blue Raiders fully exact revenge, I think Middle Tennessee shows some fight here, keeping it within the number.

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Chris’s Pick Middle Tennessee +7.5

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