MTSU Blue Raiders vs North Texas Mean Green Prediction, 3/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: MTSU Blue Raiders vs North Texas Mean Green
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Location: Ford Center At The Star in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: MTSU (+15)
Ford Center At The Star is the venue where and the North Texas Mean Green (13-9) will take on the MTSU Blue Raiders (5-17) on Wednesday. North Texas opens this matchup as 15-point favorites. The O/U opens at 127.
MTSU heads into this game with a record of 5-17 for the year. The Blue Raiders are connecting on 32.1% on three-point attempts (163 of 507) and 68.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 62.3 points per contest (336th in D-1) on 38.8% from the field. They turn it over 15.1 times per contest and as a group are committing 16.4 personal fouls per contest. As a team, MTSU is pulling down 33.8 boards per game and has accumulated 219 assists for the year, which is 296th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Blue Raiders are able to force 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 14.2 fouls. The Blue Raiders defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.8% (580 of 1,238) and they relinquish 36.1 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 155th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 282 surrendered this season. They give up 30.9% from beyond the arc and they are 187th in Division 1 in opponents points per game (70.5).
The MTSU Blue Raiders played the Florida Atlantic Owls and took a loss by a final of 63-54 in their last contest. MTSU finished the game with a 29.3% FG percentage (17 out of 58) and converted 4 out of their 20 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Blue Raiders buried 16 of 21 attempts for a rate of 76.2%. When discussing rebounding, they collected a total of 30 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 8 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and having 7 steals. When discussing defense, MTSU allowed 45.3% from the field on 24 of 53 shooting. Florida Atlantic doled out 11 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. Additionally, Florida Atlantic snagged 40 rebounds (12 offensive, 28 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Florida Atlantic finished the contest at 47.1% from the free throw line by knocking down 8 of 17 shots. They also converted 7 of 24 tries from beyond the arc.
Jalen Jordan is one guy who was a major factor in the game. He totaled 17 points on 4 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes and snagged 3 boards. Jordan went 30.8% from the field and also earned 3 assists. Another guy that came through in the game for the Blue Raiders was Jordan Davis. He snagged 4 rebounds in 33 min played. He finished the game shooting 45.5% from the field for this game by hitting 5-of-11 (12 points). In all, Davis totaled 3 assists.
North Texas has a record of 13-9 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Mean Green are shooting 48.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 31st in college hoops. North Texas has accumulated 1,563 pts on the campaign (71.0 per game) and they grab 33.4 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.5 times per game (153rd in college hoops) and they turn it over 13.7 times per game. The Mean Green are committing 16.0 personal fouls per game and they shoot 73.1% from the charity stripe. The Mean Green are ranked 20th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 62.5. They are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (88th in college basketball). The North Texas defense surrenders 33.7% on 3-point shots (135 of 401) and opponents are making 70.9% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 9.0 assists and 30.4 boards per game, which is ranked 2nd and 20th in the country.
The last time they took the court, the North Texas Mean Green took a loss by a score of 65-61 when they faced the UAB Blazers. The Mean Green were able to collect 17 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 23 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 8 times, while earning 6 steals for the matchup. The Blazers had 21 personal fouls for the game which got the Mean Green to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to bury 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 72.0%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, North Texas buried 5 of 10 tries (50.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Mean Green went 19 out of 42 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.2%. The Mean Green permitted the Blazers to knock down 19 of 49 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 38.8% for this contest. They went 44.4% from three-point range by connecting on 4 out of 9 and walked away from this one shooting 23 of 27 from the free throw line (85.2%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, North Texas permitted UAB to collect 30 overall (11 offensive).
Javion Hamlet ended up having an impact for the Mean Green in this game. He converted 7 of 11 for the game giving him a rate of 63.6%, and added 3 rebounds. Hamlet earned 19 points in his 39 mins of playing time and had 5 assists for the matchup. An additional guy who came through for North Texas was Thomas Bell. He finished this one with 1 assist in his 39 minutes played, and he knocked down 5 out of 12 from the floor. Bell wrapped this one up going 41.7% from the field and also earning 18 points and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take MTSU (+15)
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