Conference USA Championship: Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee State: Mar 11, 2017

Middle Tennessee State basketball

The Thundering Herd of Marshall will take on Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Saturday evening in the Conference USA Tournament Finals. The game will tip off at approximately 8:30 PM ET and will be shown on CBS Sports Network.

Middle Tennessee State has won the matchup against Marshall Thundering Herd in 7 of the past 9 games, both SU and ATS. The favorite in this series has won the last 6 matchups ATS. The Blue Raiders have swept the season series this year winning on their home court by the score of 69-57 on January 12 and winning on the road by the score of 97-86, winning both SU and ATS.

Marshall Drain The Three’s!

Marshall Thundering Herd is 20-14 SU and 20-11 ATS. Marshall has won 4 games in a row SU and 3 of the past 4 ATS. The Thundering Herd will kill you with the three ball if you allow them. They are averaging 10 three’s each game and have the 6th best offense overall in the NCAA, averaging 85.8 points per game.

Marshall reached the finals of the Conference USA Tournament by defeating La Tech by the score of 93-77. In that game, they set a Conference USA record by sinking 19 three point shots.

Blue Raiders Looking For School Record 30th Win!

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are the top seed in the Conference USA Tournament and will be playing for their 30th win, when they take the court on Saturday evening. If they win the game on Saturday, it will be the first time in school history that they have reached the 30 win mark. The manhandled UTEP in the semifinal game by the score of 82-56 to reach the conference USA finals.

The Blue Raiders have made the finals in the past 2 years and this will be the third time in a row they will play for the Conference USA Title. On the year, they are 29-4 SU and 22-10 ATS on the year. The Blue Raiders have won 9 games in a row SU and 7 out of 9 ATS.Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall.

The Blue Raiders have the 21st ranked defense only allowing their opponents to score an average of 63.3 points per game. They will force turnovers, as we seen yesterday in their game with UTEP where they forced 18 turnovers.

Blue Raiders Earn Their 30th Win!

Middle Tennessee State is an experienced team and they play defense very well! They will force the Thundering Herd to take shots they normally wouldn’t take and force them into situations that create turnovers. They were 17-1 in the conference and already swept the regular season series over Marshall winning by 11 points and 12 points. The line is currently sitting at -9 so if history repeats itself, the Blue Raiders should cruise to a easy win here!

  • Pick: Middle Tennessee State -9 for 4 Units