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

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

Evansville Purple Aces (5-5) at Murray State Racers (7-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm (CFSB Center)

The Line: Murray State Racers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to the CFSB Center to take on the Murray State Racers this Tuesday night in College basketball action.

The Evansville Purple Aces dropped to 5-5 on the season after being defeated by the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 55-50, this past Saturday.  Evansville had no answers for the Jacksonville State defense and couldn’t fight back after the Gamecocks took a 51-46 lead with 3:00 minutes left in regulation. Evansville shot just 30.8% from the field and was outrebounded by a 46-35 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Aces was John Hall who had a double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Evansville is averaging 76.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Evansville has been led by Shea Feehan (15.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), K.J. Riley (12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg), John Hall (10.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Marty Hill (9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg).

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Defensively, Evansville is allowing their opponents to average 75.3 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces have a rebound margin of -4.8 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Murray State Racers won their 4th straight game and improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating the Jackson State Tigers, 74-57, this past Saturday night. Murray State was outstanding on the defensive end agianst Jackson State and pulled away for the victory after taking a 56-37 lead with 10:53 left in regulation. Murray State held Jackson State to 31.7% shooing from the field and 20.0% shooting from beyond the arc.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 78.6 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (22.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 9.5 apg, 2.0 spg), Shaq Buchanan (12.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.5 spg), Tevin Brown (11.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), and Mike Davis (5.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg).

Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 56.5 ppg on 35.1% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 2.9.

The Purple Aces are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Racers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Evansville is at best and average team this season, however, it’s been a real struggle for the Purple Aces on the road this season as they come into this game 0-4 away from home while losing those games by an average of 16.3 ppg. Murray State is one of the better mid-majors in the country this season and has been led by their defense that ranks 4th in scoring defense & 2nd in defensive FG%. Murray State is tough ATS at home and as Evansville has no one that will be able to slow down Ja Morant, I’m taking Murray State to cover this large home spread.

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Brett’s Pick Murray State Racers -13.5

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

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