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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Blue Raiders at Florida Atlantic

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersFlorida Atlantic Owls
15-7February 06, 2014, 07:00 | FAU Arena8-14

Middle Tennessee pays a visit to Florida Atlantic on Thursday, hoping to send the Owls to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at FAU Arena.

The Owls are 8-14 so far on the season, and 8-8-1 ATS vs. the number. The Blue Raiders, meanwhile, are 15-7 and 9-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Florida Atlantic go 5-11-1 and the Blue Raiders go 7-10 on the totals.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Florida Atlantic Owls Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Blue Raiders were listed as -2-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 185 and the Blue Raiders at No. 54 heading into this contest.

Middle Tennessee was a 64-48 winner in its last match at home against Old Dominion. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Blue Raiders got a 20-point performance from Shawn Jones, who added 10 rebounds, as Middle Tennessee ran past Old Dominion 64-48 on Saturday at Murphy Center.

Florida Atlantic won its last outing, a 65-57 result against Marshall on February 1. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. Florida Atlantic got 20 points from Pablo Bertone en route to a 65-57 victory over Marshall on Saturday at Cam Henderson Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida Atlantic's No. 212-ranked offense, averaging 67.18 PPG, against a Blue Raiders defense that ranks No. 55 at 66.05 PPG. The Owls field goal percentage has averaged 42.86% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.65% per game.

Next up:
Middle Tennessee at Florida International, Saturday, February 8th
Florida Atlantic at UAB, Saturday, February 8th