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Murray State Racers vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/25/14

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (10-13) at Murray State Racers (11-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm (CFSB Center)

The Line: Murray State Racers -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The Murray State Racers collide with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at the CFSB Center.

Although their record doesn't say so Jacksonville State has generally been competitive and could easily have a winning record. The offense does need a boost but did just fine in a 71-59 decision at Austin Peay. JSU took a 13 point lead and held serve over the final 20 minutes with both teams hitting shots at around 43% as the Gamecocks posted a few more shots and baskets in a boxscore that wasn't dramatically different. Brian Williams gave the Gamecocks 25 pointsand six pulls followed by Darion Rackley with 15 while DJ Felder and Avery Moore combined for 21 points with Felder posting eight rebounds.

Murray State Racers vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/25/14

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Murray State looks to have improved from a year ago but time will tell if they have enough to capture the division and unseat Belmont. So far, so good as the Racers currently sit atop the OVC West at 6-1 after a dominant effort in their 92-53 rout of Tennessee State. MSU led 55-23 after 20 minutes behind 51.5% marksmanship including 15-27 from beyond the arc. The defense was just as impressive by holding Tennessee State to 41% from the field and forcing 16 turnovers. The Racers received a game high 31 points and five pulls from Jeffery Moss with TJ Sapp and Jarvis Williams adding 13 and 12 points while Cameron Payne and Dexter Fields netting eleven points apiece.

I don't think we can say take Murray State at home because Jacksonville State is a bit unpredictable. I would look elsewhere to be honest because the Gamecocks scare me a bit...

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Murray State -8.5//line drop to -7.5

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