Murray State Racers (4-5) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (4-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Lantz Arena)
The Line: Eastern Illinois Panthers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Murray State Racers and the Eastern Illinois Panthers meet Thursday in college basketball action from Lantz Arena.
Murray State enters this matchup at 4-5 overall. The Racers are riding a three-game losing streak, most recently losing to Morehead State. As for Eastern Illinois, they’re 4-5 as well. The Panthers are 2-1 in their last three games and coming off a win over Tennessee Tech. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Murray State opened up the year at 3-1 with wins over Greenville, Illinois State and Austin Peay alongside a loss to Middle Tennessee. The Racers then lost to Southern Illinois, beat Transylvania, then lost three straight to Austin Peay, Belmont and Morehead State.
In the 61-56 loss to Morehead State on Saturday, Murray State’s top scorer was Tevin Brown, the only one on the team in double-figures with 17 points, three assists and five rebounds. KJ Williams chipped in with eight points, two assists and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes as well.
Over on the Eastern Illinois side, they kicked off the year with a three-game losing streak to Wisconsin, Marquette and Dayton. After that was a 3-1 stretch with a loss to Evansville and wins over Chicago State, Green Bay and Western Illinois. A loss to Eastern Kentucky followed before a win over Tennessee Tech.
In the win over the Eagles, Eastern Illinois’ Josiah Wallace and Marvin Johnson each scored 19 points, combining for 13 assists and 10 rebounds as well. Kashawn Charles also finished in double-digits with 16 points and four boards in 28 minutes on the floor.
The Panthers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six Thursday games. Eastern Illinois is 0-6 ATS in their last six overall and the over is 42-16 in their last 58 Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Racers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four overall. Murray State is 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and the under is 5-0 in their lats five Thursday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Eastern Illinois here. The Racers started out on a pretty good clip scoring-wise this year but they’ve combined for just 111 points across their last two games. Eastern Illinois has certainly had their duds as well, but they’ve also hit 87 or more points in two of their last three outings. This should be a pretty interesting matchup, but I think the Panthers can bang out a cover.