Cal Baptist at Middle Tennessee - 3/19/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Cal Baptist at Middle Tennessee - 3/19/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Antranik Tavitian/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (23-10) vs Cal Baptist Lancers (18-15)

Game Info: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Ocean Center)

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will play the California Baptist Lancers in the first round of the CBI Tournament on Saturday.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 23-10 (13-5) this season and have lost three of their last four games. Middle Tennessee is coming off of a triple overtime loss against UAB by a score of 102-98. Middle Tennessee shot 41% from the field and turned the ball over 16 times in the loss. Deandre Dishman led the Blue Raiders with 25 points and 9 rebounds in the game. Middle Tennessee is averaging 74.4 points per game and is giving up 67.2 points per game against, while also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Eli Lawrence is averaging 11.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game, while Donovan Sims is averaging 11 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee is shooting 44.6% on field goals, 76% on free throws, and 32.8% on three pointers.

The California Baptist Lancers are 18-15 (7-11) this season and have won three of their last four games. California Baptist lost to Sam Houston State by a score of 65-35 in their last game. California Baptist shot 24.5% from the field and was -9 in rebounding margin in the loss. Taran Armstrong led the Lancers with 11 points and 3 rebounds in the game. California Baptist is averaging 71 points per game and is giving up 67.3 points per game against, while also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game. Ty Rowell is averaging 11.7 points per game and 3.1 assists per game, while Tre Armstrong is averaging 11.5 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for the Lancers. California Baptist is shooting 44.1% on field goals, 67.1% on free throws, and 33.3% on three pointers.

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California Baptist is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The under is 7-2 in California Baptist’s last 9 games. Middle Tennessee is 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games as a favorite and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The under is 6-1 in Middle Tennessee’s last 7 games.

Middle Tennessee was one of the best teams in Conference-USA this season, while California Baptist finished towards the bottom in the WAC. California Baptist really struggled in their last game and only scored 35 points. Middle Tennessee is usually very good on defense, but did give up 102 in the triple overtime loss to UAB. I am taking Middle Tennessee here.

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David’s Pick Middle Tennessee -6

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