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Tigers open as college hoops underdog vs Blue Raiders

Tennessee State TigersMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Dec 18, 8:00 PM | Murphy Center

Tennessee State Tigers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds

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The Tennessee State Tigers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Blue Raiders in Middle Tennessee at Murphy Center on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Blue Raiders bring a 7-3 record (3-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-6 Tigers, who are 4-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Middle Tennessee go 2-3 so far and the Tigers go 1-1.

View Tennessee State vs Middle Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Middle Tennessee opened as 13.5-point favorites 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:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 75-ranked Blue Raiders and the No. 52-rated Tigers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 75-68 win for the Blue Raiders on Tuesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Middle Tennessee's No. 136-ranked offense, averaging 70.1 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 167 at 66 PPG. The Blue Raiders field goal percentage has averaged 43.4% so far, more than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.1% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Tennessee State owns the country's No. 160-rated mark, allowing 69.6 points per game on the highway. Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 51 in scoring at home.

Tennessee State was a 79-39 winner in its last match at home against Lemoyne-Owen. Tennessee State cruised to victory on Sunday, running Lemoyne-Owen out of the gym and running up a 79-39 score at Gentry Complex.

In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 64-49 loser on the road against Belmont. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. JT Sulton scored 9 points in a futile effort to lead the Blue Raiders to a win (they lost 64-49 to Belmont at Curb Event Center on Thursday).

Tennessee State Tigers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
After playing Lemoyne-Owen are 2-0
After a win are 6-4

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Vanderbilt are 3-2
After playing Belmont are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Tigers at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
Tennessee State is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Tennessee State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Tennessee State home to USC Upstate, Friday, December 21
Middle Tennessee home to Vanderbilt, Friday, December 21