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Warhawks open as college hoops underdog vs Blue Raiders

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersLouisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Feb 23, 8:30 PM | Fant-Ewing Coliseum

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Fant-Ewing Coliseum Thursday as host Louisiana-Monroe looks to handle the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in NCAAB action.

Supporters of the Blue Raiders have watched them go 24-4 and 17-9 ATS on the year, while the Warhawks are at 2-25 and 11-10-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Warhawks are 13-9, while the Blue Raiders have a 13-11-2 mark.

View Middle Tennessee vs Louisiana-Monroe Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Warhawks as 14-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Warhawks sit at No. 340 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Raiders sit at No. 32 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Blue Raiders will win this game 77-54.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Blue Raiders rank No. 132 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.2 per game. That compares with Louisiana-Monroe’s No. 304 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Louisiana-Monroe is college basketball's No. 139-ranked team at 6.4 per game, while the Blue Raiders rate No. 305 with 4.7 per game.

Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 26-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.2 points per game. Louisiana-Monroe, meanwhile, comes in at No. 308 nationally in scoring at home.

Middle Tennessee won its last outing, a 72-59 result against Florida Atlantic on February 18. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite. Middle Tennessee got 20 points and 10 rebounds from LaRon Dendy en route to a 72-59 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday at Murphy Center.

Last time out for Louisiana-Monroe, they were a 76-57 loser as they battled Denver on the road. They covered in the match as a 21-point underdog. The Warhawks got 15 points from Fred Brown, but it was Denver that prevailed in a 76-57 final on Saturday at Magness Arena.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Western Kentucky are 6-4
After playing Florida Atlantic are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 3-7
After playing Denver are 3-7
After a loss are 1-9

A few Blue Raiders at Warhawks trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 7 games when playing Middle Tennessee
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Middle Tennessee
Louisiana-Monroe is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky, Saturday, February 25
Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, February 25