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Murray State vs. Austin Peay - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Austin Peay at Murray State
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
CFSB Center
Murray, KY
The Line
Murray State Racers -9 -- Over/Under: 154
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Austin Peay Governors will travel to the CFSB Center to take on the Murray State Racers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Austin Peay Governors had their 3-game winning streak and dropped to 21-9 (13-4 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 82-80, this past Thursday. Austin Peay had a surprisingly difficult time on the offensive end against the less than average Eastern Kentucky defense, and could force OT after a pair of FT’s by Nick Mayo gave the Colonels the lead for good with just 5.7 seconds left in regulation. Austin Peay allowed Eastern Kentucky to shoot 52.7% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while the Governors shot just 39.4% from the field. Leading the way for the Governors was Terry Taylor who had a double-double with 37 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 82.2 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (20.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Chris Porter-Bunton (13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Steve Harris (9.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Zach Glotta (8.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of 4.2.

The Murray State Racers won their 8th straight game and improved to 24-4 (15-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 71-52, this past Thursday. Murray State jumped all over the Eagles early in this one and had no trouble securing the victory after a 22-0 Racers run gave Murray State a 37-10 lead with 5:41 left in the 1st half. Murray State held Morehead State to just 25.4% shooting from the field and 13.8% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Ja Morant who had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and a block.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 83.4 ppg on 49.6% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (24.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 10.3 apg, 1.9 spg), Shaq Buchanan (13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 spg), Tevin Brown (12.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg), and Darnell Cowart (10.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg).

Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Governors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss, however, are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Racers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games.

Austin Peay has won 7 of their last 10 games and come into this game ranked 21st in scoring offense, 40th in FG%, and 187th in scoring defense.

Murray State continues to show that there are one of the best mid-major teams in the country and currently rank 14th in scoring offense, 8th in FG%, and 62nd in scoring defense.

Austin Peay couldn’t pick up a victory at Eastern Kentucky, however, the Governors are still a very solid team that gave Murray State all they could handle in a 73-71 loss at home in mid-February. Murray State is the better team and have one of the best players in College Basketball in Ja Morant, however, I think the Governors offense will be able to keep this one close enough to cover with the large amount of points.

Pick:
Austin Peay Governors +9

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