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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Face the Rice Owls: NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Trends

A key college basketball betting odds battle sees the away Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders taking on the Rice Owls Thursday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were listed as -1.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Rice Owls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Rice Owls are 11-4 overall and 5-2 ATS, while the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 11-3 and 9-4 ATS. As for the betting totals, Rice boasts a 3-4 on the OU, and Middle Tennessee is 3-10.

The Owls - Blue Raiders odds would favor the Blue Raiders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Rice is rated No. 170 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Middle Tennessee is at No. 42.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Rice has the nation's No. 29-rated offensive output, at 83.33 PPG. The visiting Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 40 allowing on average 64.36 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 48.56% so far, more than the Rice Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.05% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

UAB was victimized by Reggie Upshaw Jr. for 34 points as the Blue Raiders defeated the Blazers 60-49 in college hoops action on Sunday.

Marcus Evans scored 25 points leading the Owls to a 89-70 victory over Charlotte at Dale F. Halton Arena on Monday.

Betting Trends
  • Middle Tennessee is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Middle Tennessee is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Middle Tennessee's last 12 games
  • Middle Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Rice is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
  • Rice is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Rice is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Middle Tennessee
  • Rice is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Middle Tennessee

Next Betting Matchups

Middle Tennessee at North Texas, Saturday, January 7th
Rice at UAB, Saturday, January 7th