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Morehead State vs. Murray State - 2/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Murray State at Morehead State
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 7:35 PM (EST)
Location
Ellis T. Johnson Arena
Morehead, KY
The Line
Murray State Racers -9 -- O/U: 149.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Murray State Racers and the Morehead State Eagles meet in OVC college basketball action from the Ellis T. Johnson Arena on Thursday night.

The Murray State Racers come into this one looking to add to their current 7-game winning streak after a 103-67 win over Southeastern Missouri State in their last time out. Ja Morant led the Racers with 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting with a team-high 12 assists (which was as much as the entire opposing team combined) for the double-double along with a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Tevin Brown added 21 points with 5 threes while Shaq Buchanan added 16 points with 4 assists. KJ Williams and Darnell Cowart each had 12 points with round out the group of double-digit scorers for Murray State in the win with Williams shooting 6 of 8 from the floor in 15 minutes while Cowart added 12 rebounds for the double-double. Morant leads the Racers by averaging a double-double per game with 24.4 points and 10.3 assists per game while Cowart leads Murray State in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Murray State is averaging 83.9 points per game on 49.9% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 73.7% from the foul line this season.

The Morehead State Eagles will look to build on a 66-63 win over Tennessee Tech in their last outing. James Baker led the Eagles with 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 blocks while Lamontray Harris added 15 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. Jordan Walker chipped in 12 points with 3 assists and a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Morehead State in the winning effort. Walker leads Morehead State in scoring with 16.3 points per game while Harris leads the Eagles in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game and A.J. Hicks leads Morehead State in assists with 5.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Morehead State is averaging 74.1 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the foul line this season.

Murray State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games while the over is 11-5 in their last 16 conference games. Morehead State is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a win while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Murray State is 21-8-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Morehead State.

I’d like to give Morehead State some faith here as we are getting a home dog and nearly double-digits along with it. However, Murray State is clearly the team to beat in the OVC and are steamrolling opponents left and right. The Racers already own a 21-point win over Morehead State and have won 5 conference road games by double-digits this season so with that said, I’ll look for Murray State to make it 6 with a double-digit win and cover here.

Pick:
Murray State -9

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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