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Eastern Illinois vs. Murray State - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Murray State at Eastern Illinois
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Lantz Arena
Charleston, IL
The Line
Murray State Racers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
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The Murray State Racers and the Eastern Illinois Panthers meet in OVC conference college basketball action from the Lantz Arena on Thursday night.

The Murray State Racers will look to build on a 5-game winning streak following an 85-67 win over Southeastern Missouri State in their last outing. Ja Morant led the Racers with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a team-high 14 assists for the double-double while Shaq Buchanan added 13 points with 6 rebounds and Darnell Cowart added 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting in 18 minutes on the floor to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Murray State in the win. KJ Williams added 9 points and 10 rebounds as well in the victory for the Racers. Morant leads the Racers by averaging a double-double per game with team-highs of 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Murray State is averaging 84.1 points per game on 50.3% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the 3-point line and 73.2% from the foul line this season.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will look to keep rolling after picking up a 67-60 win over Tennessee Tech in their last outing. Josiah Wallace led the Panthers with 15 points along with 3 steals while Mack Smith chipped in 14 points with a pair of steals as the only other Panthers player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Shareef Smith added 9 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Cam Burrell added 9 points and JaQualis Matlock added a team-high 7 rebounds as well in the victory. Wallace leads Eastern Illinois in scoring with 14.9 points per game while Smith leads the Panthers in assists with 3.6 assists per game and Rade Kukobat leads the Panthers in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Illinois is averaging 72.6 points per game on 42.5% shooting from the field, 36.9% from behind the 3-point line and 71.4% from the foul line this season.

Murray State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Eastern Illinois is 16-39-1 ATS in their last 56 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 42-17 in their last 59 home games. Murray State is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

These lines with the Racers are starting to get a bit out of hand. The issue though, is that the Racers have been good enough to cover each of their 6 road games this season so it’s kind of hard to not lay the points with Murray State here. 7 of Murray State’s last 8 wins over Eastern Illinois have come by double-digits, including covers in 4 of the last 5 meetings with an average margin of victory of 16 points per game, so with that said, I’ll lay the points with Murray State to pick up another road win and cover here.

Murray State -12.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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