The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-14, 0-5 CUSA), who are currently on a nine-game skid, will try to get back in the win column when they head to Ocean Bank Convocation Center to go head-to-head with the FIU Panthers (12-6, 3-2 CUSA). Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at FIU Panthers ATS Preview
In the Blue Raiders’ last outing, they lost a close one to the Florida Atlantic Owls, 97-94. Middle Tennessee’s Jayce Johnson finished with 22 points and seven rebounds in the game. Florida Atlantic had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 17.1). Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (31.8 vs. 26.3).
The Panthers will look to keep it rolling after blowing out the UAB Blazers in their last outing, 93-68. Trejon Jacob fueled FIU with 21 points. FIU played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.167 (matching their season average) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.778 (above their season average of 0.539). UAB put up marks of 0.058 and 0.464, respectively, for those same stats.
When considering effective field goal percentage, FIU figures to have a significant advantage. The upper-echelon Panthers offense ranks 22nd in the nation in that metric at 0.550, while the porous Middle Tennessee defense is ranked 313th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.532).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year. The Panthers won the sole contest played against each other last season, 83-76. FIU had a much better turnover percentage (12.1 vs. 22.1). Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.9 vs. 7.7).
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. FIU Panthers Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – FIU, ATS Winner – FIU, O/U – Over
The Blue Raiders average 24.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 69th in the NCAA. The Panthers rank 189th in three pointers allowed per game (23.4).
FIU ranks third in blocks per game (6.9) while Middle Tennessee ranks 92nd (3.4).
FIU ranks 21st in assists per game (16.2) while Middle Tennessee ranks 210th in assists allowed per game (14.7).
The Panthers average 9.8 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the nation. The Blue Raiders rank 144th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
Middle Tennessee averages 35.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 147th in the country. FIU ranks 276th in rebounds allowed per game (41.3).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.4, down from 7.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Blue Raiders have scored an average of 68.8 points per game (3.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (0.0 below their season average).