Southern Illinois vs. Murray State - 12/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois vs. Murray State - 12/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Murray State Racers (5-1) at Southern Illinois Salukis (7-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -3 -- Over/Under: 136 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Murray State Racers will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 64-42, this past Saturday night. Murray State was outstanding on the defensive end against Middle Tennessee and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 35-19 lead. Murray State held Middle Tennessee just 29.2% shooting from the field and 15.4% from beyond the arc while also forcing the Blue Raiders into committing 24 turnovers. Leading the way for the Racers was Shaq Buchanan who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 7 steals, and a block.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 79.2 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (24.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 8.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Shaq Buchanan (12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.7 spg), Tevin Brown (9.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Anthony Smith (7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg).

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Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 57.2 ppg on 36.3% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Southern Illinois Salukis won their 5th straight game and improved to 7-3 on the season after defeating the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 83-73, this past Saturday. Southern Illinois was great on the offensive end of the court and pulled away for the victory after a 7-0 Salukis run gave Southern Illinois a 63-48 lead with 8:53 left in regulation. Southern Illinois shot 51.9% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Salukis was Sean Lloyd Jr. who had 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 72.2 ppg on 49.2% shooting from the field. The Salukis are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Illinois has been led by Armon Fletcher (13.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Aaron Cook (12.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.7 apg), Sean Lloyd Jr. (12.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Kavion Pippen (11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 bpg).

Defensively, Southern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Salukis have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Racers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Salukis are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. OVC opponents.

This is a tough one to call right now as although the Salukis are at home, their best player in Amon Fletcher is currently questionable for the matchup due to a suspension. Murray State has one of the best mid-major players in College Basketball in Ja Morant who will be a 1st round draft pick and as the Races have an outstanding defense that ranks 6th in both scoring defense and defensive FG%, I’m taking Murray State and the points in this one.

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Brett’s Pick Murray State Racers +3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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