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College baskeball point spread favors Blue Raiders in battle with Warhawks

Louisiana-Monroe WarhawksMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Feb 23, 6:30 PM | Murphy Center

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds

4-19TEAM RECORD24-4

Louisiana-Monroe travels to Middle Tennessee on Saturday, hoping to boost its 4-19 record with a victory over the Blue Raiders.

The Blue Raiders sit at 24-4 (13-12 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Warhawks are currently 4-19 (10-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Middle Tennessee is 12-11 OU, and Louisiana-Monroe is 13-6 OU.

View Louisiana-Monroe vs Middle Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Blue Raiders installed as 25-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 340-rated Louisiana-Monroe taking on the No. 16-rated Blue Raiders in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 79-54 win for the Blue Raiders on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Middle Tennessee's No. 87 nationally ranked offense (71.1 points per game) against a Warhawks defense that sits as the No. 300 at 72.2 PPG. The Blue Raiders have been averaging 46.1% from the field, more than the Warhawks have managed so far this season (43% on average).

Defensively, Louisiana-Monroe features the nation's No. 271-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.7 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 40 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Louisiana-Monroe, they were a 75-57 loser as they battled Western Kentucky on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 12.5-point underdog. Louisiana-Monroe suffered a 75-57 loss against Western Kentucky on Thursday, getting 18 points from Amos Olatayo in a losing effort at EA Diddle Arena.

Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were an 85-50 winner as they battled South Alabama at home. They covered in the match as a 14-point favorite. Middle Tennessee cruised to victory on Thursday, running South Alabama out of the gym and running up an 85-50 score at Murphy Center.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Florida International are 2-5
After playing Western Kentucky are 3-5
After a loss are 1-9

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Troy are 9-1
After playing South Alabama are 9-1
After a win are 10-0

A few Warhawks at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
Louisiana-Monroe is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Louisiana-Monroe is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana-Monroe
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Middle Tennessee's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana-Monroe home to Florida International, Thursday, February 28
Middle Tennessee at Troy, Thursday, February 28