Sun Belt Tournament - Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host Florida International Golden Panthers in college basketball action
Florida International Golden Panthers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host Florida International on Sunday, looking to build on their 28-4 mark against the 17-13 Golden Panthers in college hoops action at Summit Arena.
This game is part of the Sun Belt Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Summit Arena).
The Blue Raiders sit at 28-4 (15-13-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Golden Panthers are currently 17-13 (13-9-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Middle Tennessee is 15-12 OU, and Florida International is 9-13 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blue Raiders rated this week at No. 11 and the Golden Panthers sitting at No. 217. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 81-67 result in favor of the Blue Raiders.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Middle Tennessee's No. 76 nationally ranked offense (71.7 points per game) against a Golden Panthers defense that sits as the No. 248 at 69.6 PPG. The Blue Raiders have been averaging 46.6% from the field, more than the Golden Panthers have managed so far this season (43.1% on average).
Defensively, Florida International features the nation's No. 237-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.1 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Florida International, they were a 69-54 winner as they battled Arkansas-Little Rock at home. They covered in the match as a 1-point favorite. Malik Smith went off for 25 points and added 3 rebounds, leading Florida International over Arkansas-Little Rock, 69-54, on Saturday at Summit Arena.
In their last action, Middle Tennessee was an 81-66 winner at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. They earned a push of the 15-point spread as favorites. Bruce Massey scored 15 points leading the Blue Raiders to an 81-66 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette at Summit Arena on Saturday.