Murray State Racers vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/7/14 OVC Semifinal
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (22-9) at Murray State Racers (18-10)
College Basketball: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)
The Line: Murray State Racers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels battle the Murray State Racers in an Ohio Valley semifinal Friday.
Is Murray State's return to elite status complete? Close but this team isn't close to the one that challenged perfection a few years ago because their defense isn't nearly as good. However it's not really fair to compare those teams anyway but suffice to say the Racers have generally scored and defended well in conference play and are playing well at both ends of the floor. Except for the season ending 118-115 loss to Southeast Missouri State I would say we have a nicely balanced squad. With four DD scorers there are plenty of scoring options so opponents can't key on any one player so it's pick your poison with this group.
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Eastern Kentucky advanced to the Ohio Valley semifinals with an 84-76 decision over Southeast Missouri State on Thursday for win number four in a row. This looked like it was headed for the win column early with the Colonels up 14 at the break before a late Redhawks rally closed the gap. In the end, EKY had too much firepower on 53% shooting including 10-20 from distance while owning a 26-18 edge at the foul line. Corey Walden led the attack with 17 points and five yanks with Glenn Cosey tossing in 15 followed by Orlando Williams and Tarius Johnson with 14 and 12 points with Johnson snatching seven boards.
Both teams can score the basketball so the one that can get a few stops will likely move on but with no spread out I'll have time to look at this further so please check back...