Chicago State Cougars (3-8) vs. Murray State Racers (5-4)
December 13, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Murray State Racers -13.5 / Chicago State Cougars +13.5; Over/Under: +142.5
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The Chicago State Cougars and the Murray State Racers meet in college basketball action from the CFSB Center on Tuesday night.
The Chicago State Cougars will be looking to rebound from a 75-74 OT loss to UT-Martin last time out. Wesley Cardet Jr. leads the Cougars in scoring and assists with 16.1 PPG and 2.8 APG while Jahsean Corbett has 13.5 PPG with a team-high 8.9 RPG to lead the Cougars on the glass and Elijah Weaver has 11.1 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Chicago State up to this point in the season. As a team, Chicago State is averaging 68.6 PPG on 42.6% shooting from the field, 32.7% from three and 76.1% from the foul line this season.
The Murray State Racers will be out to bounce back from a 69-58 loss to Bellarmine last time out. Rob Perry leads the Racers in scoring with 17.3 PPg along with 4.4 RPG and 2.6 APG while Jamari Smith has 15.6 PPG with 5.6 RPG and JaCobi Wood has 12.4 PPg with 4.9 RPG and a team-high 4.7 APG to lead Murray State in assists and to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Murray State up to this point in the season. DJ Burns also has a team-high 7.9 RPG to lead the Racers on the glass up to this point in the year. As a team, Murray State is averaging 73.7 PPG on 44.5% shooting from the field, 31.1% from three and 71.1% from the foul line this season.
Chicago State is 10-3 ATs in their last 13 road games against a team with a winning home record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS win. Murray State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
I get the reasoning for backing either side here, but I’m looking to side with the Racers at home here. Chicago State just hasn’t been able to cut it on the road this season, no sugar coating it. Prior to the narrow loss to UT-Martin, the Cougars have lost each of their games by 12+ points and I just don’t see that changing here. The Racers took a step back, but they’re still the far better team here. Give me Murray State.