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Tennessee State Tigers vs. Murray State Racers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/8/14

Murray State Racers (13-9) at Tennessee State Tigers (3-22)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Gentry Complex)

The Line: Tennessee State Tigers +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Murray State Racers travel to OVC rival the Tennessee State Tigers in Saturday action.

Tennessee State lost a boat load of talent from a year ago and the end result has seen the Tigers fall fom challenger in the Ohio Valley to last in the East Division. Typical of most teams that have problems is the defense has allowed too many points and the offense has not been able to keep pace which was the theme in Thursday's 75-65 loss to Austin Peay. The Tigers fell behing 42-24 at the half and were never in it with the Governors burning the nets with 55% shooting while the Tigers countered with 36.5%. MJ Rhett gave TSU 20 points and ten pulls with Patrick Miller adding 17 followed by Kennedy Eubanks and Jay Harris with 13 and eleven points with 18 rebounds.

Tennessee State Tigers vs. Murray State Racers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/8/14

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Murray State might not measure up to their team of a few years ago when they cracked the top 25 but things have going in the right direction. The Racers bid to take over the top in the Ohio Valley did hit a snag in a 96-93 defeat at Belmont on Thursday. The Racers can score the basketball but not enough to stop the Bruins who blitzed the nets at 56%. The visitors fired away at 47.7% and buried 13 long range shots to stay right in this to the end. A 22-34 (67%) left some points on the floor and could have been the difference as the stubborn Racers rallied from a few sizeable deficits. Cameron Payne poured in a game high 29 points followed by a 21 point,13 rebound night from Jarvis Williams while TJ Sapp and Dexter Fields netted 20 and 15 points.

Murray State has the better number so they should not have a problem here...right? Not really after a tough loss to Belmont. I am backing the Racers hoping there isn't a letdown...

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