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NCAA hoops odds preview - Middle Tennessee vs. Tulsa

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersTulsa Golden Hurricane
12-6January 23, 2014, 09:00 | Reynolds Center7-10

The visiting Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Reynolds Center against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

The Blue Raiders will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 6-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Hurricane are 8-6 ATS. Middle Tennessee is 6-7 on the totals; Tulsa is 7-7.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Odds and Stats.

The Golden Hurricane were listed as -5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game matches up the No. 75 (Golden Hurricane) and the No. 102 (Blue Raiders) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, Middle Tennessee was an 80-58 winner at home against Texas-San Antonio. They covered the 17-point spread as favorites. Middle Tennessee cruised to victory on Saturday, running Texas-San Antonio out of the gym and running up an 80-58 score at Murphy Center.

In their last action, Tulsa was a 69-52 winner on the road against Marshall. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Golden Hurricane grabbed a 69-52 win over the Thundering Herd on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from James Woodard at Cam Henderson Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tulsa has the nation's No. 101-rated offensive output, at 74.39 PPG. The visiting Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 89 allowing on average 67.61 PPG. The Golden Hurricane FG% has averaged 43.8% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.11% per game.

A few Blue Raiders at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 6 games
Middle Tennessee is 4-14 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Tulsa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Tulsa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tulsa's last 6 games
Tulsa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Middle Tennessee at North Texas, Saturday, January 25th
Tulsa at UAB, Saturday, January 25th