Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Betting Prediction 02/22/20

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-21, 2-12 CUSA) will be at Reed Green Coliseum to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9-18, 5-9 CUSA) in a CUSA matchup. The game will air on ESPN 3 at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Southern Miss Golden Eagles Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Golden Eagles beat the FIU Panthers, 75-67, while the Blue Raiders were beaten by the UAB Blazers, 79-66.

Southern Miss dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 32.1 (above their season average of 28.7) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.647 (above their season average of 0.489). For those same stats, FIU was 17.9 and 0.500, respectively. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.529 vs. 0.549). Southern Miss received a boost from Tyler Stevenson, who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Donovan Sims had a solid performance for Middle Tennessee, recording 14 points and five rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Sims led the Blue Raiders to a 65-63 win. He recorded 13 points and five steals. The Blue Raiders’ 11.5 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Golden Eagles, who had a mark of 19.5.

It will be a matchup of contrasting tempos as the up-and-down Blue Raiders (ranked 78th in the NCAA in possessions per game) will look to push the more grind-it-out Golden Eagles (220th in possessions per game).

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Southern Miss Golden Eagles ATS Pick

College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Southern Miss, ATS Winner – Southern Miss, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Middle Tennessee ranks 63rd in three pointers allowed per game (19.4) while Southern Miss ranks 281st (26.5).
  • The Golden Eagles rank 163rd in rebounds per game (35.2) while the Blue Raiders rank 215th in rebounds allowed per game (36.4).
  • Southern Miss ranks 32nd in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Middle Tennessee ranks 61st (2.9).
  • The Golden Eagles rank 59th in assists per game (14.6) while the Blue Raiders rank 200th in assists allowed per game (13.8).
  • Middle Tennessee averages 6.7 steals per game, which ranks 110th in the nation. Southern Miss ranks 188th in steals allowed per game (7.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Golden Eagles’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.2, down from 5.6 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Blue Raiders have scored an average of 74.8 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 81.6 points per game (4.6 above their season average).