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Jacksonville State vs. Murray State - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Murray State at Jacksonville State
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 8:15 PM (EST)
Location
Pete Mathews Coliseum
Jacksonville, FL
The Line
Jacksonville State Gamecocks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Murray State Racers will travel to Pete Mathews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers improved to 16-3 (7-1 OVC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee State Tigers, 100-62, this past Saturday. Murray State came out the gates on fire on both ends of the court and easily put the game away early after taking a 36-9 lead with 6:33 left in the 1st half. Murray State shot 53.3% from the field while holding Tennessee State to just 38.2% shooting from the field & 22.2% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Ja Morant who had 24 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds, and 4 steals.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 83.9 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (24.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 10.5 apg, 1.9 spg), Shaq Buchanan (13.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.2 spg), Tevin Brown (12.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), and Darnell Cowart (8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks improved to 15-6 (7-1 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 77-71, this past Saturday. Jacksonville State was solid offensively against the Morehead State defense and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 71-64 lead with 4:34 left in regulation. Jacksonville State shot 52.5% from the field and outrebounded Morehead State by a 35-29 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Jason Burnell who had a double-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 76.3 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Jason Burnell (15.1 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Marlon Hunter (11.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 spg), Ty Hudson (10.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg), and Christian Cunningham (7.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg).

Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Racers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Murray State has won 8 of their last 9 games and has been outstanding on both ends of the court as they rank 16th in scoring offense, 9th in FG%, and 54th in scoring defense. Jacksonville State has also won 8 of their last 9 games and have been led by their defense that ranks 78th in scoring defense, 27th in defensive FG%, and 22nd in steals per game.

I’m looking forward to this match-up as these are two of the best teams in the OVC this season and it’s always fun being able to watch Ja Morant play. I think the public is going to be all over Murray State in this one, however, Jacksonville State is a team that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially after beating Belmont in both their match-ups this season. Jacksonville St. is a perfect 7-0 at home this season and as I think they’ll be able to at least slow down the Murray State offense, I think the Gamecocks do enough in front their home crowd to at worst, cover with the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Jacksonville State Gamecocks +2.5

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