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Murray State vs. Eastern Illinois - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (4-7) at Murray State Racers (8-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm (CFSB Center)

The Line: Murray State Racers -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some Ohio Valley conference college basketball action on Thursday, as the Eastern Illinois Panthers take on the Murray State Racers.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will look for their first road win of the year after posting back-to-back wins, including a 74-38 rout of subdivision St. Francis Illinois in their last outing. Montell Goodwin led the team with 15 points on 5 threes, with a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Muusa Dama was the only other Panther to finish in double figures scoring with 14 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor with 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks in just 18 minutes on the floor. JaJuan Starks leads Eastern Illinois in scoring with 12.1 points per game, while D’Angelo Jackson leads the team with 2.5 assists per game and the aforementioned Dama is the team’s top rebounder with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Illinois is scoring 69.2 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 65.8% from the foul line this season.

Murray State vs. Eastern Illinois - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Murray State Racers will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 81-72 victory over Detroit Mercy in their last outing. Jonathan Stark led the team with 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 threes, while Temetrius Morant fell just shy of a triple-double with 17 points along with 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Terrell Miller Jr. added 14 points on just 4 of 16 shooting with 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks to finish the double-digit scoring for the Racers in the win. Miller Jr. leads the team with an average of 17.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while Morant is the team’s leading assist man with 6.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Murray State is scoring 82 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 37.7% from behind the arc and 75.4% from the foul line this season.

Eastern Illinois is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 conference matchups. Murray State is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference matchups and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record. Eastern Illinois is 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams at Murray State. 

Eastern Illinois has had a lot of success against the Racers in their own backyard, but the problem is that I’m not going to read into a win over a subdivision team and a narrow win over Western Illinois. Both of those games were at home and the Panthers have been brutal on the road this season. Murray State is a deep and talented squad that I think we will see in the big dance come March, and it starts with a conference opening win and cover over the Panthers here.

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