Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host Mississippi Rebels in college basketball action
Mississippi Rebels vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds
Middle Tennessee will look to improve on its 6-2 record on Saturday when they host Mississippi in NCAA basketball odds action at Murphy Center.
The Blue Raiders currently sports a 6-2 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-2 ATS. The Rebels are 6-0 and 2-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Blue Raiders produce a 2-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Rebels have gone 1-0 against the number.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Blue Raiders as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Blue Raiders - Rebels odds would favor the Rebels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Middle Tennessee is rated No. 56 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Mississippi is at No. 53. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 100-82 win for the Rebels.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Middle Tennessee's No. 88 nationally ranked offense (73.4 points per game) against a Rebels defense that sits as the No. 31 at 57.2 PPG. The Blue Raiders have been averaging 45.3% from the field, less than the Rebels have managed so far this season (45.9% on average).
Defensively, Mississippi features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 nationally in scoring at home.
Mississippi won its last outing, an 80-67 result against Rutgers on December 1. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite. Mississippi earned an 80-67 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, getting 18 points from Marshall Henderson at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Middle Tennessee won its last outing, an 84-64 result against UAB on December 5. They covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. Middle Tennessee cruised to victory on Wednesday, running UAB out of the gym and running up an 84-64 score at Murphy Center.
Mississippi Rebels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing East Tennessee State are 1-1
After a win are 9-1
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Belmont are 4-6
After playing UAB are 2-2
After a win are 6-4
A few Rebels at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi's last 5 games on the road
Mississippi is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Mississippi home to East Tennessee State, Friday, December 14
Middle Tennessee at Belmont, Thursday, December 13