The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-15, 0-6 CUSA), who are currently on a 10-game skid, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (13-5, 4-2 CUSA) to Murphy Athletic Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ATS Preview
In the Bulldogs’ last matchup, they lost a tough one against the North Texas Mean Green, 51-50. Amorie Archibald had a good performance for Louisiana Tech, leading both teams in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting. North Texas did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (10-11; 90.9 percent). Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, held the Mean Green to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 32.5).
The Blue Raiders are trying to rebound after their 83-69 loss to the FIU Panthers in their last contest. C.J. Jones was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 8-for-17 shooting. FIU had a turnover percentage of 14.8 (better than their season average of 18.4). Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.310 (above their season average of 0.192).
The offense of Middle Tennessee will battle against the elite defense of Louisiana Tech. The Blue Raiders currently rank 246th in offensive efficiency, while the Bulldogs are 14th in defensive efficiency. The Bulldogs figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Bulldogs won the only contest last season, 73-56. The Bulldogs dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.250 and a turnover percentage of 16.4. The Blue Raiders were 0.071 and 22.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Louisiana Tech, ATS Winner – Louisiana Tech, O/U – Under
Louisiana Tech ranks 14th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Middle Tennessee ranks 149th (7.1).
The Blue Raiders’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.6, up from 5.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (7.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.4 points per game (0.7 above their season average).