Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds
The Florida International Golden Panthers will be trying to slam the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Thursday when the teams tip off at U.S. Century Bank Arena in college betting action.
The Blue Raiders will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 9-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Panthers are 7-5-1 ATS. Middle Tennessee is 8-9 on the totals; Florida International is 4-8.
The Golden Panthers were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 217-ranked Golden Panthers and the No. 29-rated Blue Raiders in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 78-66 win for the Blue Raiders on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Florida International's No. 128-ranked scoring average of 69.3 PPG, against a Blue Raiders defense rated No. 21 and allowing 58.4 PPG. The Golden Panthers FG% has averaged 42% to date this season, less than the Blue Raiders shooters have managed so far (45% per game).
Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 37-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.9 points per game. Florida International, meanwhile, comes in at No. 144 nationally in scoring at home.
Middle Tennessee won its last outing, a 72-53 result against Western Kentucky on January 26. They covered in that game as a 13-point favorite. Marcos Knight scored 15 points leading the Blue Raiders to a 72-53 victory over Western Kentucky at Murphy Center on Saturday.
Florida International lost its last outing, a 60-58 result against South Alabama on January 27. They covered in that game as a 6-point underdog. Florida International suffered a 60-58 loss against South Alabama on Sunday, getting 12 points from Jerome Frink in a losing effort at Mitchell Center.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Florida Atlantic are 8-2
After playing Western Kentucky are 8-2
After a win are 9-1
Florida International Golden Panthers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing Louisiana-Monroe are 2-4
After playing South Alabama are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4
A few Blue Raiders at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Florida Internati
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida Internati
Middle Tennessee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Florida International is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida International's last 5 games when playing at home against Middle Tennessee
Florida International is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida International's last 7 games when playing Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic, Saturday, February 2
Florida International home to Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, February 2