Tennessee Tech vs. Murray State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Murray State Racers (12-4) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (12-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Eblen Center)
The Line: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +5 -- Over/Under: 156 See the Latest Odds
The Murray State Racers will travel to the Hooper Eblen Center to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Murray State Racers had their 5-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-4 (4-1 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 76-71, this past Thursday. Murray State had no answers for the Jacksonville State defense in the 1st half and couldn’t fight all the way back after the Gamecocks took a 19-point lead with 11:39 left in the 2nd half. Murray State allowed Jacksonville State to shoot 46.6% from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Racers was Jonathan Stark who had 29 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Murray State is averaging 81.9 ppg on 49.1% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 38.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Jonathan Stark (19.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Terrell Miller Jr. (15.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), Ja Morant (11.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.9 apg), and Shaq Buchanan (11.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-6 (4-1 OVC) on the season after defeating the Austin Peay Governors, 86-74, this past Thursday. Tennessee Tech was outstanding on the offensive end and had little trouble securing the victory after a 10-0 Golden Eagles run gave Tennessee Tech a 39-30 lead early in the 2nd half. Tennessee Tech shot 44.8% from the field and 75.7% (28-37) from the FT-Line in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Curtis Phillips Jr. who had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Tennessee Tech is averaging 79.1 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee Tech has been led by Aleksa Jugovic (14.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Curtis Phillips Jr. (14.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg), Kajon Mack (12.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.9 apg), and Mason Ramsey (10.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Tennessee Tech is allowing their opponents to average 74.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Racers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The Golden Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games however, are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Murray State couldn’t pull off the victory at Jacksonville State however, the Racers are once again one of the top teams in the OVC this season and currently rank 43rd in scoring offense and 67th in scoring defense. Tennessee Tech has won 4 of their last 5 games and has one of the better offenses in the OVC as the Golden Eagles rank T-78th in scoring offense and 84th in FG%. Murray State hasn’t covered in their last 3 matchups as an underdog against Tennessee Tech and as I think the Golden Eagles will be able to have some success scoring the ball at home, I’m taking the Golden Eagles and the points.