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Jacksonville State vs. Murray State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Murray State Racers (12-3) at Jacksonville State Gamecocks (12-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Pete Mathews Coliseum)

The Line: Jacksonville State Gamecocks -1 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6156&type=Live

The Murray State Racers will travel to Pete Matthews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-3 (4-0 OVC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, 82-68, this past Saturday. Murray State was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and had little trouble pulling away after a 17-9 Racers run gave Murray State a 74-47 lead with 6:51 left in regulation. Murray State shot 49.1% from the field and 42.9% (12-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Jonathan Stark who had 22 points and 4 assists. On the season, Murray State is averaging 82.7 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 38.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Jonathan Stark (19.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Terrell Miller Jr. (15.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Ja Morant (12.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 7.1 apg), and Shaq Buchanan (11.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 6.7 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

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Jacksonville State vs. Murray State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks improved to 12-5 (3-1 OVC) on the season after defeating the Belmont Bruins, 64-60, this past Saturday. Jacksonville State and Belmont were tied at 25-all at halftime, however, pulled away from the Bruins after a 17-2 Gamecocks run gave Jacksonville State a 51-35 lead with 8:53 left in regulation. Jacksonville State shot 50.0% from the field and forced the Bruins into committing 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Jason Burnell who had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 75.4 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Malcolm Drumwright (13.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.5 apg), Jason Burnell (10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 bpg), Marlon Hunter (10.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 spg), and Jamall Gregory (8.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.9 ppg on 38.7% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 8.5 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Racers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Gamecocks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Murray State has been outstanding this season and look as if they could be the team to beat in the OVC this year as the Racers rank 39th in scoring offense, 24th in FG%, and 56th in scoring defense. Jacksonville State has played better as of late, winning 3 of their last 4 games, and has been led by their defense this season that ranks 26thin scoring defense and 19th in defensive FG%. Jacksonville state looked great against Belmont, however, the Racers have shown how competitive they can be with close losses to Middle Tennessee State and Auburn and as I think the Racers offense will have some success against the Gamecocks defense, I’m taking Murray State and the point. 

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