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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 2/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 2/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (17-11) will collide with the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (21-7) in the C-USA East Conference at Murphy Athletic Center in Murfreesboro on Saturday at 7:00 PM ET.


Western Kentucky comes into this C-USA match-up after winning 17 of their last 28 contests played on the season and riding a seven-game winning streak. The Hilltoppers defeated Charlotte, Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic, UTSA, Southern Miss, Charlotte (rematch), and the rematch versus the Old Dominion Monarchs on February 19.


Western Kentucky took 2nd place behind Middle Tennessee at 9-6 in the Conference USA with a 17-11 overall standing and a 4-5 road record this season. The Hilltoppers dumped a 14-point lead over the Monarchs at the break while allowing Old Dominion to get closer at 29-34 in the final half resulting in their 73-64 victory last Saturday.


Guard Dayvion McKnight sparked the offense for Western Kentucky with 23 points and 7 boards while Center Jamarion Sharp led in rebounding with 10 for the Hilltoppers.


Western Kentucky completed 24 of their 61 (39.3%) shooting attempts from the field, connected 8 of 31 (25.8%) attempted shots from the three-point range, and made 17 of 22 (77.3%) free-throw attempts. The Hilltoppers dominated the glass the Monarchs with 40 to 38 total rebounds and distributed a total of 8 assists in the match.


Western Kentucky denied 4 attempted shots with 6 steals but lost the leather in 9 turnovers and committed 7 personal fouls.  


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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Predictions 2/26/2022


The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won their recent stint versus Marshall and improved to 21-7 this season. The Blue Raiders won seven games in a row against UTSA, Old Dominion, Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, UTEP, and the Marshall Thundering Herd on Thursday.


Middle Tennessee topped all teams at 12-3 in the Conference USA with an overall standing at 21-7 and a perfect home record at 14-0 on the year.


The Blue Raiders fell behind the Thundering Herd at 24-27 in the first half but made a 50-point rally in the final half on the eventual 74-65 triumph on February 24. Guard Eli Lawrence led Middle Tennessee in scoring with 18 points and in rebounding with 9 boards in the winning effort.


The Blue Raiders shot 34.5% (19/55) from the floor, 16.7% (4/24) from the three-point region, and 91.4% (32/35) from the charity stripe. Middle Tennessee pulled down 39 total rebounds with 14 coming from the offensive side of the court and dished out a total of 11 assists in the contest.


The Blue Raiders’ defense blocked 4 shot attempts while stealing the ball 9 times but committed 17 turnovers and 13 personal fouls in the victory.        


Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Middle Tennessee -2.5. Both teams won their last seven contests played and both occupied each of the first two top slots in C-USA. However, the Blue Raiders owned the no.1 slot at 12-3 and played well at home with a perfect 14-0 record.


Middle Tennessee also has a better offense at 76.5 PPG while Western Kentucky averages 75.1 PPG. Prediction: The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will win to a score of 75-71.  


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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 2/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET


Location: Murphy Athletic Center in Murfreesboro, TN


Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022




NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -2.5    


NCAAB Totals: 144.5


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