Marshall Thundering Herd vs MTSU Blue Raiders Prediction, 2/24/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs MTSU Blue Raiders
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Location: Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, TN
Murphy Center is where the MTSU Blue Raiders (20-7) will take on the Marshall Thundering Herd (11-17) on Thursday.
The Marshall Thundering Herd stepped onto the hardwood against Southern Miss and walked away with a win by a score of 74-60 in their last game. Marshall finished having earned a 47.4% FG percentage (27 out of 57) and buried 7 of 20 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Thundering Herd made 13 of their 19 tries for a percentage of 68.4%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 33 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 17 assists for this contest as well as forcing 14 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In relation to defending, Marshall allowed their opponent to shoot 38.1% from the field on 24 out of 63 shooting. Southern Miss recorded 11 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. In addition, Southern Miss had 39 boards (12 offensive, 27 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Southern Miss finished the game at 58.3% from the free throw line by knocking down 7 of 12 attempts. They also made 5 out of their 18 shots from beyond the arc. When discussing fouls, the Thundering Herd finished with 15 while Southern Miss totaled 16 fouls.
Taevion Kinsey is one player who played a role for the contest. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the floor and totaled 4 assists. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins and collected 5 rebounds. He notched 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting.
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Marshall comes into this matchup with a record of 11-17 on the campaign. They are averaging 74.8 pts per game (87th in the country) on 44.2% from the field. The Thundering Herd are connecting on 29.4% on shots from 3-point land (206 of 700) and 70.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Marshall is snagging 36.8 boards per contest and has accumulated 408 dimes for the year, which is 53rd in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per game and as a group are committing 15.7 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Thundering Herd are forcing 13.4 turnovers every game while drawing 15.0 personal fouls. They are conceding 34.8% on 3-point attempts and they are 332nd in the nation in PPG allowed (76.6). The Thundering Herd defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 45.2% (787 of 1,741) and they relinquish 38.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 263rd in D-1 in giving up assists with 369 conceded for the year.
The last time they took the court, the MTSU Blue Raiders got the win with a final of 77-59 against UTEP. Concerning rebounding, MTSU allowed UTEP to collect 24 in total (2 offensive). They finished 22.7% from 3-point land by connecting on 5 of 22 and ended up shooting 16 of 22 from the free throw line (72.7%). The Blue Raiders allowed UTEP to knock down 19 out of 52 attempts from the field which left them shooting 36.5% for this game. At the conclusion of this game, the Blue Raiders finished the game shooting 26 out of 53 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.1%. With respect to 3-point attempts, MTSU made 11 out of their 23 tries (47.8%). They were able to make 14 of the free throw tries for a rate of 66.7%. UTEP was called for 18 fouls in this contest which took the Blue Raiders to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They turned it over 8 times, while getting 2 steals in this matchup. The Blue Raiders were able to collect 32 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 39 for this contest.
Camryn Weston was important for the Blue Raiders in the game. He buried 2 out of 4 for the game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and added 7 rebounds. He tallied 12 points in his 20 minutes on the court and had 4 dimes in the game.
MTSU has a record of 20-7 so far this season. The Blue Raiders are committing 18.6 fouls per contest while shooting 74.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 12.5 times per contest (222nd in the nation) and they turn it over 12.9 times per contest. MTSU has scored 2,029 pts for the campaign (75.1 per game) and they pull down 34.7 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Blue Raiders are hitting on 45.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 85th in college basketball.
The MTSU defense concedes 31.7% on shots from beyond the arc (172 of 543) and their opponents are making 72.4% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 10.3 assists and 33.0 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 28th and 99th in the country. The Blue Raiders on defense are ranked 120th in the nation in points given up per game with 67.1. They are forcing their opponents into 15.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.9% from the field (177th in the country).
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Marshall
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