Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Trojans College Hoops Game Preview
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Stephens Center Saturday as host Arkansas-Little Rock looks to handle the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in NCAA hoops action.
Supporters of the Blue Raiders have watched them go 22-4 and 12-11 ATS on the year, while the Trojans are at 15-11 and 12-12 ATS. In totals betting, the Trojans are 12-5-1, while the Blue Raiders have a 11-10 mark.
Bettors looking to side with Arkansas-Little Rock in this one found them as 9-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Trojans sit at No. 169 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Raiders sit at No. 21 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Blue Raiders will win this game 78-66.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Blue Raiders rank No. 90 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.8 per game. That compares with Arkansas-Little Rock’s No. 197 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Arkansas-Little Rock is college basketball's No. 260-ranked team at 5.3 per game, while the Blue Raiders rate No. 255 with 5.4 per game.
Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 33-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.6 points per game. Arkansas-Little Rock, meanwhile, comes in at No. 128 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 93-41 winner as they battled Troy at home. They covered in the match as a 17.5-point favorite. The battle between the Blue Raiders and Trojans didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Troy was handed a 93-41 defeat on Saturday at Murphy Center.
Arkansas-Little Rock lost its last outing, an 86-62 result against Arkansas State on February 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point underdog. Arkansas-Little Rock was run off the court by the Red Wolves on Thursday as Arkansas State routed them 86-62 at ASU Convocation Center.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing South Alabama are 6-4
After playing Troy are 6-4
After a win are 10-0
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Florida International are 7-3
After playing Arkansas State are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
A few Blue Raiders at Trojans trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 6 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Arkansas-Little R
Middle Tennessee is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Arkansas-Little Rock is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Arkansas-Little Rock is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Middle Tennessee
Arkansas-Little Rock is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Arkansas-Little Rock's last 12 games
Middle Tennessee home to South Alabama, Thursday, February 21
Arkansas-Little Rock at Florida International, Thursday, February 21