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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders visit Arkansas State Red Wolves in college basketball clash

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersArkansas State Red Wolves
Jan 3, 8:05 PM | ASU Convocation Center

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Arkansas State Red Wolves Odds

11-3TEAM RECORD8-5

Arkansas State looks to cover the Red Wolves-Blue Raiders pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 8-5 mark when they host Middle Tennessee in college basketball wagering action.

Arkansas State battles the Blue Raiders, currently sitting with a 11-3 mark (6-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-4 for the Red Wolves and 3-6 for the Blue Raiders.

View Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Arkansas State opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 52-rated Middle Tennessee taking on the No. 166-rated Red Wolves in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 77-71 win for the Blue Raiders on Thursday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blue Raiders is ranked No. 101 in NCAA hoops at 37.3 per game. Contrast that with Arkansas State’s No. 121 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Arkansas State is the No. 144-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Middle Tennessee rates No. 274 at 5.1 per game.

Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 52-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.6 points per game. Arkansas State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 114 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 75-57 winner at home against North Texas. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. Middle Tennessee earned a 75-57 victory over North Texas on Monday, getting 12 points from Marcos Knight at Murphy Center.

Arkansas State was a 63-54 winner in its last match on the road against South Alabama. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Arkansas State got 15 points from Rakeem Dickerson en route to a 63-54 victory over South Alabama on Saturday at Mitchell Center.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing South Alabama are 6-4
After playing North Texas are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Arkansas State Red Wolves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Western Kentucky are 8-2
After playing South Alabama are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Blue Raiders at Red Wolves trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Arkansas State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Arkansas State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arkansas State's last 6 games when playing Middle Tennessee
Arkansas State is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing Middle Tennessee

Next up:
Middle Tennessee at South Alabama, Saturday, January 5
Arkansas State home to Western Kentucky, Saturday, January 5