Murray State Racers (22-2) vs. Tennessee State Tigers (10-14)
February 10, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Tennessee State Tigers +14.5 / Murray State Racers -14.5; Over/Under: 138.5
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The 23rd ranked Murray State Racers will travel to the Gentry Center to take on the Tennessee State Tigers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The 23rd ranked Murray State Racers won their 12th straight game and improved to 22-2 on the season after defeating the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, 79-59, this past Saturday. Murray State was outstanding defensively against SIU Edwardsville and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 44-24 lead. Murray State shot 44.3% from the field & 23.8% from beyond the arc while holding SIU Edwardsville to just 38.8% shooting from the field & 6.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Racers was Justice Hill who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Murray State is averaging 81.2 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Tevin Brown (17.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg), KJ Williams (16.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.5 spg), Justice Hill (13.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.0 spg), & Trae Hannibal (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 8.0 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Tennessee State Tigers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 10-14 on the season after defeating the UT Martin Skyhawks, 69-61, this past Saturday. Tennessee State was solid on the defensive end against UT Martin and was able to pull away late for the victory after taking a 64-59 lead with 1:28 left in regulation. Tennessee State shot 37.5% from the field & 27.3% from beyond the arc while holding UT Martin to shoot 33.9% from the field & 14.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Kassim Nicholson who had a double-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, & 1 steal.
ON the season, Tennessee State is averaging 72.2 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Carlos Marshall Jr. (13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Marcus Fitzgerald (11.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), Kassim Nicholson (11.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), & Kenny Cooper (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensviely, Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to an average of 71.7 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Racers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games & 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games against Tennessee State. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, however, are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. Murray State.
Murray State has finally cracked the top-25 in the ranking and it’s not a big surprise as the Racers have been outstanding on both ends of the court this season and come into this game ranked 11th in scoring offense, 21st in FG%, & 31st in scoring defense. Tennessee State had a winning record at home this season, however, this is not a great team as the Tigers rank just 157th in scoring offense, 249th in scoring defense, & 248th in defensive FG% and as we recently saw the Tigers lose by 27 at home against Belmont, I think the Racers do enough in this one to cover this large road spread. Good Luck!