MTSU Blue Raiders vs Florida Atlantic Owls Prediction, 3/10/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: MTSU Blue Raiders vs Florida Atlantic Owls
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
Location: Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: MTSU (+8)
The Florida Atlantic Owls (28-3) will go up against the MTSU Blue Raiders (18-13) at Ford Center at the Star on Friday. MTSU opens as 8-point dogs. The betting total is set at 141.5.
The MTSU Blue Raiders faced off with UTEP and ended up losing by a score of 77-65 in their last contest. MTSU wrapped up the contest having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (24 of 56) and buried 7 of 22 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Blue Raiders buried 10 of their 19 tries for a percentage of 52.6%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned 29 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 9 assists for this contest as well as creating 16 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When discussing the defense, MTSU allowed 51.9% from the floor on 27 of 52 shooting. UTEP doled out 15 dimes and had 11 steals in this game. Furthermore, UTEP pulled down 30 boards (8 offensive, 22 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. UTEP went 83.3% from the free throw line by burying 15 of 18 shots. They knocked down 8 out of their 15 shots from 3-point land. Concerning personal fouls, the Blue Raiders left the arena with 18 and UTEP accounted for 17 personal fouls.
Elias King is one player who was a contributor in this game. He ended up scoring 13 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 24 minutes and also snagged 4 rebounds. He finished shooting 60.0% from the field but had no assists when the time ran out.
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MTSU enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 18-13 so far this year. They turn it over 13.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.7 fouls per game. As a team, MTSU is snagging 33.7 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 344 assists this season, which is 332nd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Blue Raiders are connecting on 34.0% on shots from beyond the arc (216 of 636) and 67.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 70.4 points per outing (206th in D-1) while hitting 45.5% from the floor.
On defense, the Blue Raiders are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers every game and they draw 15.5 fouls. They are surrendering 35.3% on 3-pointers and they are 116th in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.8). The Blue Raiders defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.4% (740 of 1,666) and they relinquish 31.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 45th in the country in giving up assists with 340 relinquished so far this year.
In their last game, the Florida Atlantic Owls got the win with a final of 76-72 when they played Louisiana Tech. When talking about how they rebounded, Florida Atlantic allowed Louisiana Tech to pull down 29 in total (8 offensive). They finished the game shooting 35.3% from beyond the arc by connecting on 6 of 17 and finished the game at 14 out of 15 from the free throw line (93.3%). The Owls allowed Louisiana Tech to make 26 of 57 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.6% for the contest. When the final whistle was blown, the Owls ended up going 25 out of 54 from the field which had them shooting 46.3%. With regard to shots from downtown, Florida Atlantic converted 9 out of their 23 tries (39.1%). They were able to convert 17 of them for a rate of 70.8%. Louisiana Tech earned 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Owls to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while earning 6 steals in the matchup. The Owls were able to snag 19 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 25 for the matchup.
Vladislav Goldin ended up being important for the Owls in this contest. He earned 15 points in his 25 minutes on the hardwood, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. He knocked down 5 of 9 in the game for a field goal rate of 55.6%, and accumulated 4 rebounds.
Florida Atlantic has a record of 28-3 so far this season. The Owls have committed 16.0 fouls per game and they hit 71.2% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.0 times per game (55th in Division 1) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.6 times per game. Florida Atlantic has totaled 2,458 pts on the year (79.3 per game) and they collect 38.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Owls are hitting on 47.2% from the floor, which is ranked 43rd in the country.
The Florida Atlantic defense gives up 33.3% on 3-point attempts (202 of 607) and opponents are knocking down 74.5% of their free throw attempts. They concede 8.0 dimes and 32.6 boards per game, which ranks them 4th and 91st in college basketball. The Owls on defense are ranked 59th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 65.7. They are forcing 13.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the field (39th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take MTSU (+8)
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