Murray State Racers (11-2) vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (6-7)
January 8, 2022 4:00 pm EDT
The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +11.5 / Murray State Racers -11.5; Over/Under: +141
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The Murray State Racers and the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars meet in college basketball action from the Vadalabene Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Murray State Racers will look to build on their 106-81 win over Southeast Missouri State last time out. Tevin Brown leads the Racers in scoring with 19.2 PPG along with 5.7 RPG and 3.6 APG while KJ Williams is right behind with 16.5 PPG and 7.4 RPG. Justice Hill has 12.9 PPG with a team-high 4.6 APG to lead the Racers in assists while Trae Hannibal has 10.4 PPG with 4.3 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Murray State so far this season. DJ Burns also has 7.2 RPG this season. As a team, Murray State is averaging 85.4 PPG on 50.8% shooting from the field, 38.3% from three and 68.5% from the foul line while allowing 66.8 PPG on 41.2% shooting from the field and 32.5% from three this season.
The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars will look to rebound from an 84-69 loss at the hands of South Alabama. Ray’Sean Taylor leads the Cougars in scoring with 17.5 PPG along with 5.2 RPG while Shaun Doss Jr. has 11.7 PPG with 5.6 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for SIUE so far this season. DeeJuan Pruitt has 8.8 PPG with a team-high 5.9 RPG to lead the Cougars on the glass while Shamar Wright has 8.7 PPG with 5 RPG and Courtney Carter has 7.1 PPG with 4.7 RPG and a team-high 2.9 APG as well to lead the Cougars in the assist department. As a team, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 69.1 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 26.9% from three and 65% from the foul line while allowing 65.9 PPG on 40.4% shooting from the field and 30% from three this season.
Murray State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. SIU-Edwardsville is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss and 18-37-2 ATS in their last 57 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 home games.
I get the allure of a home dog, but SIU-Edwardsville hasn’t been the strongest team despite playing better at home this season. Murray State is a solid team regardless of where they play and I just think this is a spot where Murray State keeps their strong play in this matchup going. Give me the Racers laying the points.