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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Blue Raiders over Owls

Florida Atlantic OwlsMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Jan 10, 8:00 PM | Murphy Center

Florida Atlantic Owls vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will hit the floor running against the visiting Florida Atlantic Owls Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Middle Tennessee battles the Owls, currently sitting with a 8-8 mark (3-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-7 for the Blue Raiders and 5-4 for the Owls.

View Florida Atlantic vs Middle Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 19-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blue Raiders at No. 42 and the Owls at No. 241 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-62 result in favor of the Blue Raiders.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Middle Tennessee's No. 92-rated squad against Florida Atlantic's No. 131-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Middle Tennessee rates No. 285 in the country with 4.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 127 nationally with 6.6 per match.

Defensively, Florida Atlantic features the nation's No. 228-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.2 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 66 nationally in scoring at home.

Florida Atlantic was a 75-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Florida Atlantic earned a 75-70 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, getting 23 points from Greg Gantt at FAU Arena.

In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 60-56 winner on the road against South Alabama. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. Bruce Massey scored 12 points leading the Blue Raiders to a 60-56 victory over South Alabama at Mitchell Center on Saturday.

Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Western Kentucky are 7-3
After playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 5-2
After a win are 4-6

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Louisiana-Monroe are 6-2
After playing South Alabama are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

A few Owls at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games when playing on the road against Middle Tennessee
Florida Atlantic is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Middle Tennessee
Florida Atlantic is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Middle Tennessee's last 11 games when playing Florida Atlantic
Middle Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Florida Atlantic

Next up:
Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky, Saturday, January 12
Middle Tennessee at Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, January 12