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North Texas vs Middle Tennessee Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Mean Green vs Blue Raiders Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: North Texas Mean Green at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
  • Where: Murfreesboro at Murphy Athletic Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: North Texas -3, NTX -162 | MTNST +131 O/U 120.0

Mean Green Preview:

North Texas will take their 2 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 12-3. On the road, the Mean Green will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 6-1. So far, the Mean Green have been favored 12 times, going 10-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have North Texas as -3 point favorites.

North Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tylor Perry who is averaging 17.92 points per game for the Mean Green. Perry 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 Mean Green’s offensive game plan is the play of Abou Ousmane who has hit 47.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.87 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 385th in college basketball at 64.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mean Green’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.2%, placing them 168th in the NCAA.

Blue Raiders Preview:

Middle Tennessee will take the floor against the Mean Green with an overall record of 9-6. Currently, the Blue Raiders have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. So far, the Blue Raiders have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

DeAndre Dishman comes into today’s game as the Blue Raiders’ leading scorer at 12.0 points per contest. Not only has Dishman been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Middle Tennessee’s top rebounder at 5.53 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 11.8 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.4% of his shots and is adding 4.13 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 15 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.

Free Spread Prediction: North Texas Mean Green -3

Heading into this matchup, with the North Texas Mean Green sitting as -3 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as North Texas and Middle Tennessee are averaging 8.33 and 8.24 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that North Texas has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 5-4-1 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Mean Green to cover at -3.

 


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