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Blue Raiders open as college hoops underdog vs Rebels

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersMississippi Rebels
Dec 21, 9:00 PM | DeSoto Civic Center

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Mississippi Rebels Odds

10-2TEAM RECORD9-2

The Rebels will try to cover the spread at DeSoto Civic Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in college basketball action.

The game is being played at DeSoto Civic Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Rebels currently sports a 9-2 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-3-2 ATS. The Blue Raiders are 10-2 and 8-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Rebels produce a 4-5 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Blue Raiders have gone 6-3-1 against the number.

View Middle Tennessee vs Mississippi Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 3-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 77-ranked Rebels and the No. 154-rated Blue Raiders in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 82-75 win for the Blue Raiders on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blue Raiders is ranked No. 185 in NCAA hoops at 35.3 per game. Contrast that with Mississippi’s No. 24 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Mississippi is the No. 260-ranked team in the country at 5.2 per game, while Middle Tennessee rates No. 220 at 5.7 per game.

Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 59-rated defense on the road, allowing 63 points per game. Mississippi, meanwhile, comes in at No. 233 nationally in scoring at home.

Middle Tennessee was a 65-62 winner in its last match at home against Belmont. Middle Tennessee got 20 points from LaRon Dendy en route to a 65-62 victory over Belmont on Tuesday at Murphy Center.

Last time out for Mississippi, they were an 86-82 loser as they battled Southern Miss on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. Terrance Henry went off for 26 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Southern Miss handed Mississippi an 86-82 defeat at Reed Green Coliseum.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Florida International are 7-3
After playing Belmont are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Mississippi Rebels Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Dayton are 2-0
After playing Southern Miss are 5-0
After a loss are 6-4

A few Blue Raiders at Rebels trends to consider:
Mississippi is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Middle Tennessee home to Florida International, Thursday, December 29
Mississippi at Dayton, Friday, December 30

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