UNC Wilmington at Middle Tennessee - 3/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

UNC Wilmington at Middle Tennessee - 3/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by HELEN COMER/The Daily News Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (26-10) vs UNC Wilmington Seahawks (26-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Ocean Center)

Betting Odds: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the CBI Championship game on Wednesday.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks are 26-9 (15-3) this season and have won eight of their last nine games. UNC Wilmington is coming off of a win against Northern Colorado by a score of 80-63. UNC Wilmington shot 53.6% from the field and forced 10 turnovers in the win. Jaylen Sims led the Seahawks with 17 points and 5 rebounds in the game. UNC Wilmington is averaging 71.2 points per game and is giving up 68.5 points per game against, while also averaging 33.4 rebounds per game and 10.7 assists per game. Jaylen Sims is averaging 16 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Mike Okauru is averaging 13.1 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Seahawks. UNC Wilmington is shooting 41.8% on field goals, 72.6% on free throws, and 32.8% on three pointers.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 26-10 (13-5) this season and have won four of their last five games. Middle Tennessee defeated Abilene Christian by a score of 85-69 in their last game. Middle Tennessee shot 56.6% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the win. Donovan Sims led the Blue Raiders with 17 points and 5 assists in the game. Middle Tennessee is averaging 74.5 points per game and is giving up 66.4 points per game against, while also averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Josh Jefferson (questionable) is averaging 14.7 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game, while Donovan Sims is averaging 11.2 points per game and 4.4 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.

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Middle Tennessee is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 23-6-2 ATS in their last 31 games. The under is 8-2 in Middle Tennessee’s last 10 games. UNC Wilmington is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games. The under is 6-2 in UNC Wilmington’s last 8 games.

Both of these teams have been very good against the spread this season and have the opportunity to end their season with a win. During the CBI, UNC Wilmington has defeated Northern Colorado, Drake, and VMI, while Middle Tennessee has defeated Abilene Christian, Boston, and Cal Baptist. The defense of Middle Tennessee should be the difference here. I like the Blue Raiders.

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David’s Pick Middle Tennessee -5

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