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Austin Peay vs. Murray State - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Murray State at Austin Peay
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Winfield Dunn Center
Clarksville, TN
The Line
Austin Peay Governors +1 -- Over/Under: 154.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Murray State Racers will travel to the Winfield Dunn Center to take on the Austin Peay Governors this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-4 (10-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 86-55, this past Saturday. Murray State trailed by a 38-32 margin at halftime, however, dominated SIU-Edwardsville on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 66-42 lead with just 8:51 left in regulation. Murray State shot 52.9% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 18-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Ja Morant who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 82.7 ppg on 49.1% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (23.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 10.2 apg, 2.0 spg), Shaq Buchanan (13.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.0 spg), Tevin Brown (11.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Darnell Cowart (9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Austin Peay Governors won their 4th straight game and improved to 18-7 (10-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 94-86, this past Saturday. Austin Peay had their hands full with Eastern Illinois, however, the Governors were able to pull away late after a 7-0 run gave Austin Peay a 92-83 lead with just :37 seconds left in regulation. Austin Peay shot 49.2% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Governors was Terry Taylor who had a double-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 82.7 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (19.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Chris Porter-Bunton (12.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg), Steve Harris (10.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Jabari McGhee (9.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 4.1.

The Racers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Governors are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.

Murray State has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Racers currently rank 23rd in scoring offense, 13th in FG%, and 72nd in scoring defense.

Austin Peay has won 5 of their last 6 games and although their defense can give up some points as they rank just 181st in scoring defense, the Governors have done a nice job putting up points as they currently rank 22nd in scoring offense, 23rd in FG%, and 34th in 3P-FG%.

This should be one of the better mid-major games on the slate on Thursday as these two very good OVC teams. Austin Peay has been solid at home this season, posting an 8-1 record with their only lost coming in a close game agianst Belmont, however, it’s hard to go agianst a Murray State team that has a better defense to go along with one of the best players in all of College Basketball in Ja Morant. Murray State has won the last three meetings in this match-up, including a 73-64 win at Austin Peay last season, and although I think this is going to be a close game, I think the Racers come out on top at the end and cover this small spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Murray State Racers -1

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