MTSU Blue Raiders vs FIU Panthers Prediction, 2/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: MTSU Blue Raiders vs FIU Panthers
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Location: Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, FL
Ocean Bank Convocation Center is where the FIU Panthers (14-11) will attempt to beat the MTSU Blue Raiders (17-7) on Thursday.
The MTSU Blue Raiders played Charlotte and walked away with a win by a score of 78-63 in their last game. MTSU ended the game having earned a 55.1% FG percentage (27 of 49) and buried 9 out of their 17 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Blue Raiders knocked down 15 of 18 tries for a rate of 83.3%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they compiled 32 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 assists for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and having 2 steals. With respect to the defense, MTSU allowed their opponent to shoot 45.3% from the field on 24 of 53 shooting. Charlotte doled out 7 dimes and had 2 steals in this contest. Additionally, Charlotte snagged 18 boards (3 offensive, 15 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Charlotte went 85.7% at the free throw line by making 12 of 14 attempts. They also knocked down 3 of 13 attempts from 3-point land. When talking about personal fouls, the Blue Raiders ended up walking away with 16 while Charlotte accounted for 17 personal fouls.
Josh Jefferson is one guy who was a major contributor for this game. He went 69.2% from the field and also totaled 1 assist. He saw the court for 25 mins and also grabbed 5 boards. He was able to score 30 points on 9 out of 13 shooting.
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MTSU heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 17-7 on the year. They currently have an average of 74.8 points per contest (89th in the nation) while shooting 45.2% from the floor. The Blue Raiders are connecting on 32.7% on shots from downtown (201 of 614) and 74.8% from the free throw line. As a team, MTSU is pulling in 35.1 boards per contest and has accounted for 295 dimes for the season, which is 243rd in the country in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 18.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end of the court, the Blue Raiders have forced 15.5 turnovers per game while drawing 16.7 fouls. They are relinquishing 32.1% on shots from distance while they are 127th in college basketball in PPG allowed (67.0). The Blue Raiders defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 42.6% (560 of 1,315) and they relinquish 33.6 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 34th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 247 surrendered on the season.
The last time they took the court, the FIU Panthers walked away with a victory by a final of 72-71 when they faced Marshall. The Panthers were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 in this matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 19 times, while recording 13 steals in the game. Marshall committed 19 fouls in this game which got the Panthers to the free throw line for 20 tries. They were able to convert 16 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, FIU knocked down 6 out of 15 attempts (40.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Panthers walked away from this one shooting 25 out of 49 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.0%. The Panthers permitted Marshall to convert 27 out of 60 tries from the floor which had them at 45.0% in this game. They wrapped up this game 32.1% from distance by going 9 out of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 11 at the charity stripe (72.7%). In reference to rebounding, FIU permitted Marshall to pull down 28 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Clevon Brown was important for the Panthers for the matchup. He made 7 out of 10 for the game for a field goal rate of 70.0%, and earned 7 rebounds. He earned 15 points in his 25 minutes on the court and had 2 assists in this contest.
FIU has a mark of 14-11 this year. As an offensive unit, the Panthers are connecting on 43.6% from the field, which is 206th in the nation. FIU has accounted for 1,812 pts on the campaign (72.5 per game) and they average 35.7 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.6 times per game (83rd in the nation) and they are giving up possession 14.2 times per game. The Panthers are committing 15.3 fouls per game and they go 70.2% from the free throw line.
The FIU defense gives up 32.4% on 3-point shots (183 of 565) and their opponents are connecting on 70.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 13.3 dimes and 37.0 boards per game, which is ranked 240th and 305th in D-1. The Panthers on the defensive end are ranked 210th in college hoops in points given up per game with 70.0. They are able to force 13.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (119th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take FIU
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