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Murray State vs. Morehead State - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Morehead State Eagles (4-9) at Murray State Racers (9-2)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Murray State Racers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5
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NCAA BB | Morehead State Eagles (4-9) at Murray State Racers (9-2)
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The Morehead State Eagles and the Murray State Racers meet in Ohio Valley Conference college basketball action from the CFSB Center on Thursday night.

The Morehead State Eagles will look to bounce back after suffering a 75-61 loss to Missouri in their last outing. A.J. Hicks led the Eagles with 18 points along with a team-high 7 assists while Jordan Walker added 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 threes and Lamontray Harris chipped in 10 points with 10 rebounds, 3 assists with a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Morehead State in the loss. De’Von Cooper had 8 points and 6 rebounds while James Baker added 4 points, 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Walker leads the Eagles in scoring with 15.1 points per game while Harris leads Morehead State on the glass with 8.5 rebounds per game and Hicks leads the Eagles in the assists department with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Morehead State is averaging 75.2 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 32.1% from behind the arc and 68.6% from the foul line this season.

The Murray State Racers will look to build on a 110-82 win over Subdivision Bethel in their last outing. Ja Morant led the Racers with 23 points along with a game-high 13 assists (which was as many as Bethel had as a team) along with 4 steals. Tevin Brown added 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 threes, 5 assists and 3 steals, while KJ Williams chipped in 16 points on 8 of 10 shooting. Darnell Cowart and Jaiveon Eaves each had 12 points to round out the scoring in double-digits for Murray State in the win, with Eaves hitting 4 triples. Shaq Buchanan added 8 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks as well in the winning effort. Morant leads Murray State with an average of 23 points, 6.7 rebounds and 9.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Murray State is averaging 81.2 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season. The Eagles are also tough defensively on the perimeter, allowing their opponents to shoot just 24.9% from 3-point range this season, the 3rd-lowest mark in the country.

Morehead State is 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. Murray State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 conference games. Morehead State is 8-20-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings between these two teams and 3-10-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams at Murray State.

The logical pick for this game would be Murray State off the top because the Racers have had the majority of the success between these two teams for quite some time now. However, even at 0-6 SU on the road this season, you could argue that the Eagles have had the tougher schedule of the two, with losses on the road to Missouri, Marshall, Syracuse and Connecticut. Furthermore, the line is set at 14.5 at the time of posting this article, and even with all the tough competition, the Eagles have yet to lose by more than 14 on the road this season, so I’ll take a shot with Morehead State and the points in this one.

Pick:
Morehead State +14.5

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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