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Murray State vs. Southeast Missouri State - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (7-8) at Murray State Racers (10-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm (CFSB Center)

The Line: Murray State Racers -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6144&type=Live

The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks will travel to the CFSB Center to take on the Murray State Racers this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 7-8 (1-1 OVC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee State Tigers, 77-65, this past Sunday. Southeast Missouri State dominated the Tigers on the boards and was able to pull away after an 17-0 Redhawks run gave Southeast Missouri State a 66-44 lead with 7:17 left in regulation. Southeast Missouri State shot 45.3% from the field and outrebounded the Tigers by a 39-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Redhawks was Denzel Mahoney who had a double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Southeast Missouri State is averaging 74.8 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Redhawks are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 38.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southeast Missouri State has been led by Denzel Mahoney (18.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Ledarrius Brewer (12.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), Daniel Simmons (11.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Justin Carpenter (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Defensively, Southeast Missouri State is allowing their opponents to average 76.5 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Redhawks have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

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Murray State vs. Southeast Missouri State - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Murray State Racers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-3 (2-0 OVC) on the season after defeating the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 87-63, this past Saturday. Murray State went into halftime with a 43-34 lead and pulled away in the 2nd half after an 8-0 Racers run gave Murray State a 67-45 lead with 10:11 left in regulation. Murray State shot 56.0% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Jonathan Stark who had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Murray State is averaging 82.2 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Murray State has been led by Jonathan Stark (17.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Terrell Miller Jr. (15.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), Shaq Buchanan (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg), and Ja Morant (11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 7.3 apg). Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 38.7% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 7.8 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Redhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Racers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.

Southeast Missouri State has some talent on their team however, has really struggled on the defensive end this season as the Redhawks rank 273rd in scoring defense and 323rd in defensive FG%. Murray State once again looks like they are the team to beat in the OVC this season as the Racers have been outstanding on both ends of the court as they rank 47th in both scoring offense and defense. Murray State should have a huge advantage on the boards in this one and as the Redhawks have lost their last 2 away games (Kansas State & Saint Louis) by an average of 24.0 ppg, I’m taking Murray State to cover this large home spread. 

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