Charlotte 49ers vs MTSU Blue Raiders Prediction, 2/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte 49ers vs MTSU Blue Raiders
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Location: Murphy Athletic Center in Murfreesboro, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (-3.5)
The Charlotte 49ers (9-7) travel to Murphy Athletic Center on Friday where they'll take on the MTSU Blue Raiders (3-11). MTSU opens this matchup as 3.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 120.5.
Charlotte enters this matchup with a mark of 9-7 this season. The 49ers are hitting 33.7% on shots from distance (96 of 285) and 73.1% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 64.8 pts per game (308th in college hoops) while hitting 44.7% from the floor. They turn it over 14.1 times per game and as a team are committing 15.4 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Charlotte is grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game and has 195 dimes this year, which is 181st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the 49ers are forcing their opponents into 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.9 fouls. They are currently ranked 193rd in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 198 relinquished on the year. The 49ers defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 42.2% (371 of 879) and they concede 31.3 boards per contest as a team. They relinquish 31.3% on shots from distance while they are 38th in college hoops in points per game allowed (63.6).
The Charlotte 49ers stepped onto the hardwood against the FIU Panthers and took home the win by a score of 68-65 in their last game. Charlotte finished the game having earned a 53.3% field goal percentage (24 of 45) and buried 9 of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the 49ers buried 11 of 15 tries for a percentage of 73.3%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 26 with 3 of them being offensive. They also doled out 20 assists in this matchup as well as getting 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. In relation to the defense, Charlotte allowed their opponent to shoot 53.3% from the floor on 24 of 45 shooting. FIU doled out 15 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Panthers collected 27 boards (7 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 2 blocks. FIU finished the game at 66.7% from the charity stripe by converting 6 of 9 attempts. They made 9 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jahmir Young is one player who was a contributor in this game. He notched 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also grabbed 6 boards. Young ended up going 72.7% from the field and also dished out 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the 49ers was Jordan Shepherd. He had 3 boards and also accounted for 3 assists. He went 50.0% from the floor in the game by connecting on 5-of-10 (12 points). When the final whistle was blown, Shepherd was on the court for 38 min.
MTSU has a record of 3-11 on the year. MTSU has 842 points so far this season (60.1 per game) and they collect 34.6 rebounds per game. The Blue Raiders are committing 17.4 personal fouls every game and they connect on 68.8% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Blue Raiders are shooting 37.2% from the field, which is 350th in college basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 8.9 times per contest (346th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 16.2 times per game. The Blue Raiders are ranked 94th in college hoops in PPG given up with 67.1. They have conceded 11.4 dimes and 37.0 rebounds per contest, which is 75th and 260th in the nation. The MTSU defense gives up 28.0% on three-point shots (72 of 257) and their opponents are converting on 72.2% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.9% from the field (213th in college basketball).
When they last played, the MTSU Blue Raiders took a loss by a final score of 63-52 against the UAB Blazers. The Blue Raiders were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 29 in this matchup. They rejected 4 tries while recording 6 steals in the matchup. The Blazers were called for 11 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Blue Raiders to the free throw line for a total of 11 tries. They were able to make 5 of those for a rate of 45.5%. With regard to 3-pointers, MTSU knocked down 5 of 21 tries (23.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Blue Raiders finished 21 for 58 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.2%. The Blue Raiders allowed the Blazers to bury 20 out of their 52 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.5% for the matchup. They went 35.7% from 3-point land by connecting on 5 of 14 and ended up shooting 18 out of 21 at the free throw line (85.7%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, MTSU allowed UAB to snag 38 in total (9 offensive).
Jordan Davis pitched in for the Blue Raiders for the contest. He knocked down 6 out of 14 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which gave him 14 points. Davis snagged 2 boards in his 38 mins played and had 2 dimes for this game. Someone else that played a role for MTSU was Jayce Johnson. He notched 13 points in 34 minutes played by way of 5 out of 9 from the floor in this contest. Johnson ended the game having shot 55.6% from the field and also contributing 3 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charlotte (-3.5)
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