Evansville vs. Murray State - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Murray State Racers (5-4) at Evansville Purple Aces (7-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Murray State Racers and Evansville Purple Aces play Saturday at the Ford Center.
The Murray State Racers look for their fourth straight win and play their third true road game. On the season, Murray State is averaging 75 points on 46.4 percent shooting and is allowing 70.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Cameron Payne leads the Racers with 17.8 points and 4.9 assists while Jarvis Williams is averaging 15.7 points and eight rebounds. Justin Seymour is shooting 46.8 percent from the field and T.J. Sapp is averaging 3.2 assists per game. The Murray State Racers are a fast paced offensive team that’s shooting 68.3 percent from the free throw line and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. The issue with Murray State are the 32.9 rebounds per game and the fact the Racers have allowed 80-plus points in three of their last six contests.
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The Evansville Purple Aces have won four straight and are looking like a real MVC contender. On the season, Evansville is averaging 78 points on 53.8 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting. D.J. Balentine leads Evansville with 20.5 points and 3.4 assists while Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Mislav Brzoja is grabbing five rebounds per game and Jaylon Brown is shooting 60 percent from the field. The Evansville Purple Aces are one of the top shooting teams in the country, knocking down 73.4 percent from the free throw line and 39.2 percent from deep. Evansville is also an above-average defensive team, averaging more than six steals per game and holding six of their eight opponents to 64 or less points.
The Racers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Purple Aces are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Racers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Evansville Purple Aces should mop the floor with Murray State, a team that takes plays off defensively. Evansville is one of the more balanced teams in the country and will get the job done at home by double digits.