The No. 5 seed Charlotte 49ers (18-13, 9-11 C-USA) take on the No. 4 seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-13, 11-9 C-USA) in C-USA Tournament Thursday at Ford Center at The Star, beginning at 7:00 PM. Both teams will try to get one step closer to securing an automatic place in the NCAA Tournament bracket.
Charlotte is a slim 1-point favorite against Middle Tennessee when the 49ers take the court against the Blue Raiders on Thursday. The point total for the game is set at 126.
Charlotte vs. Middle Tennessee Odds
Point Spread for Charlotte vs. Middle Tennessee
The spread for this matchup is set at 1 point, with bookmakers listing Charlotte as the favorite.
Charlotte vs. Middle Tennessee Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Charlotte has -114 odds to pick up the win, while Middle Tennessee is listed at -105 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 126 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Frisco, Texas
- Arena: Ford Center at The Star
Charlotte vs. Middle Tennessee Betting Trends
In Charlotte’s 31 games this season, it has 19 wins against the spread. The 49ers have been chosen as favorites in 19 games this year and have walked away with the win 13 times (68.4%) in those games. Charlotte has eclipsed the over/under in 44.8% of its opportunities this year (13 times over 29 games with a set point total).
Middle Tennessee has played 29 games, with 14 wins, against the spread. The Blue Raiders have gone 5-8 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 38.5% of those games). Middle Tennessee’s games this season have hit the over 62.1% of the time (18 out of 29 games with a set point total).
Charlotte vs. Middle Tennessee Key Players to Watch
Aly Khalifa leads the 49ers at 6.5 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 2.6 assists and 11.8 points. Brice Williams averages 13.5 points and 0.9 assists per game — both team highs. He is also posting 5 rebounds, shooting 48.3% from the floor and 41% from beyond the arc with 1.6 made 3-pointers per contest. Lu’Cye Patterson leads his squad in assists per contest (2.9), and also posts 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Montre’ Gipson puts up 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 1 steal and 0 blocked shots.
Teafale Lenard gets the Blue Raiders 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He also posts 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocked shots. DeAndre Dishman tops the Blue Raiders in rebounding (5.5 per game), and posts 10.4 points and 2.1 assists. He also posts 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Eli Lawrence is recording a team-high 12.3 points per game. And he is delivering 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists, sinking 42% of his shots from the field, and 34.9% from 3-point range tallying 1.7 triples per contest. Camryn Weston is putting up a team-high 2.7 assists per contest. And he is contributing 10.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, making 45.7% of his shots from the field.
What you need to know about the Charlotte 49ers
Charlotte’s C-USA games have hit the over nine out of 20 times this season. The 49ers have a top-25 defense this season, ranking 22nd-best in college basketball with 62.6 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 305th with 66.8 points scored per contest. Charlotte has found it difficult to grab rebounds this season, ranking 15th-worst in college basketball with 28 boards per game. It ranks 31st by allowing 28.1 boards per contest.
Charlotte is sinking 8 three-pointers per game (103rd-ranked in college basketball). It has a 37.6% shooting percentage (28th-ranked) from beyond the arc. So far this year, the 49ers are ceding 7 treys per game (155th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opponents to shoot 34.4% (219th-ranked) from downtown.
The 49ers have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 5-5 overall in their past 10 contests. Charlotte has hit the over in four of its past 10 games. Charlotte has seen a decrease in scoring lately, putting up 64.2 points per game in its last 10 contests, 2.6 points fewer than the 66.8 it has scored this season. Charlotte has been less stingy on defense as of late, allowing 64.9 points per game during its past 10 outings compared to the 62.6 points per game its opponents average on the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Middle Tennessee has put together a 10-10-0 ATS record so far this season in conference action. In 2022-23, the Blue Raiders are 204th in the country on offense (70.4 points scored per game) and 113th defensively (67.8 points allowed). On the glass, Middle Tennessee is 241st in the country in rebounds (30.8 per game). It is 32nd in rebounds allowed (28.3 per game).
Middle Tennessee is 223rd in the country in 3-pointers made (7 per game) and 189th in 3-point percentage (34%). In 2022-23, the Blue Raiders are 82nd in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (6.5 per game) and 277th in defensive 3-point percentage (35.3%).
The Blue Raiders are 5-5 against the spread and 5-5 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Middle Tennessee has hit the over seven times. While Middle Tennessee is putting up 70.4 points per game in 2022-23, it has improved that mark over its last 10 games, producing 72.1 a contest. Over their past 10 games, the Blue Raiders are surrendering 71.7 points per contest, 3.9 more points than their season average (67.8).
Charlotte vs. Middle Tennessee Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is Charlotte, and we project that Middle Tennessee will cover the spread (Charlotte -1). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 126 points.
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