Check out our free Middle Tennessee vs Rice pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Houston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Middle Tennessee vs Rice Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds
Blue Raiders vs Owls Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Rice Owls
- Where: Houston at Tudor Fieldhouse
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds: Middle Tennessee +1, MTNST -103 | RICE -119 O/U 147.0
Blue Raiders Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Rice, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 9-7. On the road, the Blue Raiders will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 1-5. So far, the Blue Raiders have been the underdog 5 times, going 1-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
DeAndre Dishman comes into today’s game as the Blue Raiders’ leading scorer at 12.06 points per contest. Not only has Dishman been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Middle Tennessee’s top rebounder at 5.38 boards per contest. Behind Dishman, the team has benefited from the strong play of Eli Lawrence, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.75 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.7% of his shots and is adding 4.25 boards per game.
On offense, Middle Tennessee is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 16 games, they have only hit 32.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 43.09% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Through 15 games, the Rice Owls have an overall record of 11-4. Currently, the Owls have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. The Owls’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Rice has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 5-1.
Rice will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Quincy Olivari who is averaging 18.0 points per game for the Owls. Olivari is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Owls’ offensive game plan is the play of Travis Evee who has hit 41.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.07 points per game.
On offense, Rice comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 370th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Owls’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. So far, 42.93% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.
Free Spread Prediction: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +1
Heading into this matchup between the Rice Owls and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders we have a strong lean on taking the points with Middle Tennessee at +1. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Middle Tennessee to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at +1. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.