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College baskeball point spread favors Blue Raiders in battle with Commodores

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersVanderbilt Commodores
Dec 21, 9:00 PM | Bridgestone Arena

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Vanderbilt Commodores Odds

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Bridgestone Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Vanderbilt Commodores and the visiting Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in college hoops action on Friday.

The game is being played at Bridgestone Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

This season, the Commodores are 5-4 overall and 3-4 ATS ATS, while the Blue Raiders are 8-3 and 4-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Vanderbilt boasts a 1-4 on the OU, and Middle Tennessee is 2-4.

View Middle Tennessee vs Vanderbilt Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Blue Raiders were listed as 5.5-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Commodores sit at No. 205 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Raiders sit at No. 75 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Blue Raiders will win this game 73-64.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Vanderbilt has the nation's No. 296-rated offensive output, at 61.2 PPG. The visiting Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 70 allowing on average 60.5 PPG. The Commodores FG% has averaged 42.5% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.

Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 83-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.3 points per game. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, comes in at No. 322 nationally in scoring at home.

Middle Tennessee won its last outing, a 77-48 result against Tennessee State on December 18. They covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. Middle Tennessee cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Tennessee State out of the gym and running up a 77-48 score at Murphy Center.

Last time out for Vanderbilt, they were a 66-55 winner as they battled Cornell at home. They covered in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. Kyle Fuller scored 17 points leading the Commodores to a 66-55 victory over Cornell at Memorial Gymnasium on Monday.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Florida International are 9-1
After playing Tennessee State are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Blue Raiders at Commodores trends to consider:
Vanderbilt is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Middle Tennessee
Vanderbilt is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Middle Tennessee home to Florida International, Saturday, December 29
Vanderbilt home to Butler, Saturday, December 29

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