MTSU Blue Raiders vs FIU Panthers Prediction, 1/28/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: MTSU Blue Raiders vs FIU Panthers
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Location: Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, FL
Ocean Bank Convocation Center is the location where the FIU Panthers (9-11) will meet the MTSU Blue Raiders (13-7) on Saturday.
The MTSU Blue Raiders stepped onto the hardwood against Louisiana Tech and went home with a win by a final score of 68-51 in their last contest. When talking about personal fouls, the Blue Raiders ended up with 19 while Louisiana Tech racked up 10 personal fouls. They made 3 out of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc. Louisiana Tech finished the contest at 76.9% at the free throw line by converting 10 of their 13 tries. Furthermore, Louisiana Tech snagged 22 rebounds (3 offensive, 19 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Louisiana Tech recorded 3 dimes and had 2 steals for this game. When talking about the defense, MTSU allowed their opponent to shoot 38.8% from the floor on 19 of 49 shooting. They also recorded 16 dimes for this contest in addition to creating 15 turnovers and getting 11 steals. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 25 with 3 of them being offensive. When they shot from the free throw line, the Blue Raiders made 7 of 8 tries for a percentage of 87.5%. MTSU wrapped up the contest with a 52.1% FG percentage (25 of 48) and made 11 of their 23 3-point attempts.
Elias King is someone who was a contributor for the game. He ended up shooting 62.5% from the field but finished the game without an assist. He was on the court for 18 mins and also collected 4 boards. He accumulated 17 points on 5 out of 8 shooting.
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MTSU steps onto the court with a mark of 13-7 this year. They are turning it over 13.8 times per game and as a team they commit 18.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, MTSU is collecting 33.4 boards per game and is sitting with 227 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 326th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Blue Raiders are shooting 32.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (131 of 402) and 67.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 69.7 pts per contest (223rd in Division 1) while going 45.9% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Blue Raiders are forcing 15.8 turnovers per game and they draw 15.8 fouls. They relinquish 34.2% from beyond the arc and they are 68th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (65.1). The Blue Raiders are giving up a FG percentage of 43.7% (455 of 1,041) and they surrender 30.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 40th in college hoops in allowing assists with 214 conceded for the season.
In their last game, the FIU Panthers got the win with a final of 77-72 when they faced UTSA. In relation to rebounds, FIU allowed UTSA to pull down 49 in all (21 on the offensive side). They finished 25.8% from 3-point land by shooting 8 out of 31 and ended up going 14 out of 20 at the free throw line (70.0%). The Panthers permitted UTSA to convert 25 out of 67 tries from the floor which left them shooting 37.3% for the matchup. When the game finished, the Panthers shot 28 out of 65 from the field which had them shooting 43.1%. When it comes to three-point shots, FIU buried 11 out of their 33 attempts (33.3%). They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. UTSA had 12 personal fouls in this game which took the Panthers to the free throw line for 11 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 5 times, while getting 8 steals for the matchup. The Panthers pulled down 20 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 28 for this contest.
Denver Jones ended up being important for the Panthers in the game. He converted 8 out of 18 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 44.4%, and had 5 rebounds. He earned 27 points in his 32 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for the game.
FIU has a mark of 9-11 on the season. As an offensive unit, the Panthers are connecting on 46.2% from the field, which is ranked 92nd in the nation. FIU has totaled 1,433 points for the campaign (71.7 per contest) and they pull in 32.3 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 12.5 times per game (252nd in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.3 times per contest. The Panthers are committing 16.4 fouls per contest and they shoot 68.6% from the charity stripe.
The Panthers on defense are ranked 311th in college basketball in PPG given up with 74.6. They have forced 16.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.0% from the floor (232nd in the nation). The FIU defense gives up 36.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (183 of 499) and opponents are connecting on 74.4% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 14.6 assists and 37.9 boards per game, ranking them 314th and 340th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take MTSU
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