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Mississippi Rebels vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Betting Matchup Report

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersMississippi Rebels
7-2December 14, 2013, 05:00 | Tad Smith Coliseum6-2

The Mississippi Rebels hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders pay a visit to Tad Smith Coliseum on the college basketball betting menu.

The Rebels sit at 6-2 (1-4 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Blue Raiders are currently 7-2 (4-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Mississippi is 3-2 OU, and Middle Tennessee is 2-3 OU.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Mississippi Rebels Odds and Stats.

The Blue Raiders were listed as 8.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 63-ranked Rebels and the No. 109-rated Blue Raiders in this matchup.

Middle Tennessee was a 115-65 winner in its last match at home against Fisk. Middle Tennessee cruised to victory on Monday, running Fisk out of the gym and running up a 115-65 score at Murphy Center.

Mississippi lost its last outing, a 115-105 result against Oregon on December 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite. The Rebels got a huge 39-point effort from Marshall Henderson but still lost 115-105 against Oregon on Sunday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Mississippi has the nation's No. 35-rated offensive output, at 81.88 PPG. The visiting Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 81 allowing on average 67.56 PPG. The Rebels FG% has averaged 43.56% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.23% per game.

A few Blue Raiders at Rebels trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
Middle Tennessee is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Mississippi is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
Mississippi is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games at home

Next up:
Middle Tennessee home to Tennessee Temple, Tuesday, December 17th
Mississippi at Louisiana-Monroe, Wednesday, December 18th