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Tennessee State Tigers host Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in college basketball action

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersTennessee State Tigers
9-5January 07, 2014, 08:00 | Gentry Complex2-14

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Tigers in Tennessee State at Gentry Complex on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Tigers bring a 2-14 record (6-5-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-5 Blue Raiders, who are 5-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Tennessee State go 5-4-1 so far and the Blue Raiders go 4-5.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Tennessee State Tigers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Tigers installed as 5.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 277-ranked Tigers and the No. 111-rated Blue Raiders in this matchup.

Middle Tennessee was a 79-56 winner in its last match on the road against Grand Canyon. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites. Grand Canyon was run off the court by the Blue Raiders on Monday as Middle Tennessee routed them 79-56 at McKenzie Arena.

Tennessee State was a 70-65 winner in its last match at home against Jacksonville State. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. The Tigers grabbed a 70-65 win over the Gamecocks on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Patrick Miller at Gentry Complex.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tennessee State has the nation's No. 228-rated offensive output, at 65.94 PPG. The visiting Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 90 allowing on average 67.57 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 40.94% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.1% per game.

Next up:
Middle Tennessee home to UAB, Saturday, January 11th
Tennessee State at SE Missouri State, Saturday, January 11th