Vic Monte Sports – College Basketball Opening Night

Middle Tennessee State -4.5 vs. Northern Kentucky

Blog Picks (14-16-1) (7 Losses in a Row)


Middle Tennessee boasts one of the most formidable homecourt advantages in the nation, with a remarkable 29-2 record in their last 31 games played on their own turf. During this impressive run, they have consistently stifled opponents, allowing an average of just 59.6 points per game in regular regulation.

The Blue Raiders have cemented their position as a force to be reckoned with in the Conference USA, where they were tied with Liberty for the top spot in the CUSA Preseason Poll. This strong showing is reinforced by the inclusion of Camryn Weston and Elias King on the Preseason All-CUSA Team, underscoring their key roles within the squad.

On the other side, Northern Kentucky University (NKU) exhibited notable strength in the previous season and shows promise for the future. However, Coach Darrin Horn faces the challenging task of replacing key contributors in rebounds, assists, and blocked shots from the 2022-2023 campaign. This transition, while demanding, sets the stage for an intriguing season as NKU looks to fill the void left by their departed leaders.

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