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Golden Panthers open as college hoops underdog vs Blue Raiders

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersFlorida International Golden Panthers
16-7February 08, 2014, 02:00 | U.S. Century Bank Arena12-11

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Golden Panthers in Florida International at U.S. Century Bank Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.

Supporters of the Blue Raiders have watched them go 16-7 and 9-10 ATS on the year, while the Golden Panthers are at 12-11 and 7-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Golden Panthers are 5-9, while the Blue Raiders have a 8-10 mark.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Golden Panthers as 5.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Golden Panthers rated this week at No. 329 and the Blue Raiders sitting at No. 54.

In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 67-63 winner on the road against Florida Atlantic. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Blue Raiders got a terrific 25-point effort from Shawn Jones as Middle Tennessee defeated Florida Atlantic 67-63 on Thursday at FAU Arena.

Florida International won its last outing, a 78-73 result against UAB on February 6. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Florida International got 21 points and 11 rebounds from Rakeem Buckles en route to a 78-73 victory over UAB on Thursday at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Florida International's No. 197-ranked scoring average of 68.17 PPG, against a Blue Raiders defense rated No. 57 and allowing 65.91 PPG. The Golden Panthers FG% has averaged 44.68% to date this season, less than the Blue Raiders shooters have managed so far (45.95% per game).

A few Blue Raiders at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Middle Tennessee's last 7 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida International's last 8 games
Florida International is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games at home
Florida International is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Middle Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida International's last 6 games when playing Middle Tennessee

Next up:
Middle Tennessee home to Tulane, Thursday, February 13th
Florida International at Texas-San Antonio, Thursday, February 13th