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College Basketball Matchup - Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders East Carolina Pirates Odds Preview

East Carolina PiratesMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
11-9January 30, 2014, 08:00 | Murphy Center13-7

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

The Pirates will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 3-9-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Blue Raiders are 7-9 ATS. East Carolina is 5-7 on the totals; Middle Tennessee is 6-9.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 10.5-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(.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 88-rated Blue Raiders and the No. 110-ranked Pirates, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, East Carolina was a 60-46 loser at home against Southern Miss. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. East Carolina suffered a 60-46 loss against Southern Miss on Saturday, getting 18 points from Akeem Richmond in a losing effort at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 70-63 winner as they battled North Texas on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Kerry Hammonds II scored 18 points leading the Blue Raiders to a 70-63 victory over North Texas at The Super Pit on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pirates rank No. 89 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.75 per game. That compares with Middle Tennessee’s No. 43 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Middle Tennessee is college basketball's No. 204-ranked team at 5.2 per game, while the Pirates rate No. 11 with 8.6 per game.

A few Pirates at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
East Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
East Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of East Carolina's last 5 games
East Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina at UAB, Saturday, February 1st
Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion, Saturday, February 1st