Check out our free Middle Tennessee vs UTSA pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in San Antonio. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Middle Tennessee vs UTSA Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Blue Raiders vs Roadrunners Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at UTSA Roadrunners
- Where: San Antonio at UTSA Convocation Center
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Middle Tennessee -10, MTNST -562 | UTSA +394 O/U 142.5
Blue Raiders Preview:
Middle Tennessee heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-5. On the road, the Blue Raiders will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 1-4. So far, the Blue Raiders have been favored 8 times, going 6-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Middle Tennessee as -10 point favorites.
DeAndre Dishman comes into today’s game as the Blue Raiders’ leading scorer at 12.36 points per contest. Not only has Dishman been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Middle Tennessee’s top rebounder at 5.57 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 11.21 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.4% of his shots and is adding 4.0 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 14 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 14 games, the UTSA Roadrunners have an overall record of 6-8. Currently, the Roadrunners have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 6-3. So far, the Roadrunners have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +10 underdogs on the spread.
UTSA’s leading scorer this season is Japhet Medor who is averaging 12.64 points per contest. So far, Medor has accounted for 18.32% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.93 rebounds per game and 4.29 assists. Jacob Germany is the second leading scorer for the Roadrunners, averaging 10.93 points per game. Between him and Germany, they are accounting for 34.2% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UTSA this season, as they are currently ranked 319th in college basketball at 67.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Roadrunners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.4%, placing them 487th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -10
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will begin their matchup against UTSA Roadrunners as the strong favorites to win with a point spread of -10. Our analysis favors Middle Tennessee’s chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team prefers to play, both Middle Tennessee and UTSA are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario benefits Middle Tennessee, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Blue Raiders don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-2-1 (last 5), we like their chances to come away with the ATS win.
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