St. Mary's Gaels vs. Murray State Racers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/30/13
Murray State Racers (1-1) at St. Mary's Gaels (3-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Mary's Gaels put their unbeaten record on the line against the Murray State Racers.
For those that follow college basketball closely we know the Murray State of 2013-14 is not the same as a few years ago when the Racers were ranked and trying to go undefeated. The Racers have struggled defensively to kick off the season and that was music to the ears of Middle Tennessee State who registered an 80-62 victory. The Blue Raiders exploded to a 14 point half time lead and never were in danger from that point on. MSU struggled to make shots with a 43% mark while MTSU connected at 54% and totaled ten more looks thanks to 14 offensive boards. Dexter Fields paced four DD scorers with 12 points with Cameron Payne and Tyler Rambo tossing in eleven points followed by a ten point, nine pull effort from Jarvis Williams.
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The vast majority of experts have pegged Gonzaga as the team to beat in the West Coast but from what I've seen in the early going Saint Mary's might have something to say about that. The 5-0 Gaels have logged four victories by double figures with strong performance from the offense and defense. Alcorn State got a taste of both in a 72-55 defeat with SMC taking a 14 point lead in to the second half despite mediocre 41% shooting. That was plenty good enough with the Braves held to under 38% accuracy while the Gaels held advantages from the perimeter and the stripe while sinking more shots overall. Kerry Carter dropped 15 points and snagged eight boards with Stephen Holt tossing in 12 points and handing out five assists while Brad Waldow chipped in with eleven points and five pulls.
This is a big spread where I think we have to go on potential to cover and Saint Mary's is that team. It's definitely not a guarantee because the Gaels could pull the plug early and bye bye goes the cover...