Saint Peter's Peacocks (20-11) vs. Murray State Racers (30-2)
March 19, 2022 7:45 pm EDT
The Line: Murray State Racers -8 / Saint Peter's Peacocks +8; Over/Under: +130
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The Saint Peter’s Peacocks and the Murray State Racers meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks will look to build on their 85-79 overtime upset victory over Kentucky from the first round. Darryl Banks III led the Peacocks with 27 points on 9 of 19 shooting with 5 threes while Doug Edert had 20 points on 5 of 8 shooting with an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line and Hassan Drame had a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Matthew Lee also had 4 assists as well in the victory.
The Murray State Racers will look to build on their 92-87 OT win over San Francisco in the first round. KJ Williams and Trae Hannibal each had a team-high 18 points with Williams shooting 8 of 14 with 7 rebounds while Hannibal shot 6 of 12 from the field. Tevin Brown has 17 points with 8 rebounds and Justice Hill had 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a team-high 9 assists. Jordan Skipper-Brown had 12 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Saint Peter’s is 12-2 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Murray State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
I get why Murray State would be favored in this game as the Racers are a power in the OVC. However, I think Saint Peter’s isn’t being shown enough respect here as they went toe-to-toe with Kentucky and took down the Wildcats. A similar gameplan could do wonders for Saint Peter’s and I think the Peacocks are a live dog here so give me Saint Peter’s and the points here.