The Murray State Racers (1-0) welcome the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-0) in a matchup that pits sensational offense against superb defense. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 145.5 points with Middle Tennessee set as a 4-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 13, 2017.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Murray State Racers Odds Preview
The Blue Raiders easily got past the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans in their last outing, 104-52. Nick King was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Middle Tennessee dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 9.0 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.7. For those same stats, Trevecca Nazarene put up marks of 28.5 and 20.7, respectively.
In the Racers last game, they dismantled the Brescia Bearcats, 118-61. With 28 points on 10-for-13 shooting, Byron Hawkins was the games leading scorer. Murray State played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.431 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.802. Brescia was 0.159 and 0.362, respectively, for those same stats.
This battle pits one of the nations top offenses against one of its elite defenses as Murray State ranks 49th in offensive efficiency and Middle Tennessee is 25th in defensive efficiency dating back to last season.
The Blue Raiders are 31-4 straight up (SU) and 22-11-2 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Middle Tennessee games have finished under the O/U total 57.1 percent of the time since last season.
On the other hand, the Racers, have records of 17-17 SU and 12-18 ATS since last season. A little over half of Murray States games have finished over the O/U total over that same stretch.
The Blue Raiders won the only contest against the Racers last season, 87-81. The Blue Raiders dominated every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 37.8 and a turnover percentage of 10.7. The Racers were 29.7 and 13.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Murray State Racers Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Middle Tennessee, ATS Winner – Middle Tennessee, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Blue Raiders rank 10th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while the Racers rank 109th (3.2).
- Middle Tennessee ranks 16th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Murray State ranks 92nd (5.7).
- Murray State ranks 55th in three pointers attempted per game (24.3) while Middle Tennessee ranks 289th (17.6).
- The Blue Raiders rank eighth in rebounds allowed per game (30.1) while the Racers rank 206th (36.1).
- Middle Tennessee ranks 25th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while Murray State ranks 158th (13.2).