Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Rice Owls 1/6/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Rice Owls 1/6/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (9-4) are preparing to duel with the Rice Owls (7-5) in the C-USA action at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 8:00 PM ET. Middle Tennessee will be facing Rice in this match-up with an overall record at 9-4 after losing three of their last five contests played.


The Blue Raiders lost to Murray State, Mississippi, and Chattanooga while winning over Tennessee-Martin and Coastal Carolina. Middle Tennessee is in 2nd place in the Conference USA East Division with a 9-4 overall standing while losing 4 of their last 5 road contests this season.


In their recent loss to the Chattanooga Mocs, the Blue Raiders nailed a three-point halftime lead but failed to hold on and gave up 46 points to the Mocs in the 2nd half leading to their 65-77 loss on December 22. Only two Middle Tennessee players earned double-digit scoring with Guard Camryn Weston taking the lead at 16 and Guard Josh Jefferson added 13 for the Blue Raiders. 


The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders scored an average of 77.1 PPG on 45.6% overall shooting. Guard Josh Jefferson sparked the offense for Middle Tennessee with an average of 12.3 PPG on 42.3% overall shooting and converted 93.8% of their free-throw attempts.


Guard Eli Lawrence pulled down an average of 4.5 RPGs while Guard Donovan Sims distributed 2.9 assists per match after playing a team-high 25.2 minutes per game.


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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Rice Owls Predictions 1/6/2022


The Rice Owls aimed for an 8-5 record on Thursday night. The Owls will try to bounce back after losing their recent stint to the North Texas Mean Green that stopped their three-game winning streak.

Rice dropped to 5th place at 0-1 in West Division in the Conference USA with an overall standing at 7-5 while winning 4 of their last 5 matches played at home.


The Owls’ offense ended up with only 20 points in the first half and 23 after the break while their defense allowed the Mean Green to score a total of 75 points in their 43-75 defeat on January 1. No Rice players scored in double-figures in their loss to North Texas and Guard Quincy Olivari led the Owls’ offense with 8 points while Guard Carl Pierre added 7 for Rice. 


Guard Carl Pierre carried the load for the Owls’ offense with an average of 14.5 PPG on 49.2% field goal shooting and 78.9% from the charity stripe this season.


Forward Max Fielder controlled the glass for Rice with an average of 8.8 rebounds per contest and dispensed an average of 3.2 assists per match with an average of 26.6 minutes per game of hardcourt action. The Rice Owls recorded an average of 77.8 PPG on 46.6% FG.        


Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Rice Owls. The NCAAB Pick for this match is Middle Tennessee +3.5. Though the Owls have a slightly better offense with 77.8 PPG their defense allowed an average of 74.3 PPG while the Blue Raiders gave up 66.9 PPG with an average of 77.1 PPG this season. Middle Tennessee also has an average of 8.8 steals per game. The prediction, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will win at 78-75.  


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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Rice Owls 1/6/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET


Location: Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX


Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022




NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +3.5   


NCAAB Totals: 151


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