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Murray State vs. SE Missouri State - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
SE Missouri State at Murray State
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
CFSB Center
Murray, KY
The Line
Murray State Racers -19 -- Over/Under: 148
TV Channel
ESPN+
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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The SE Missouri State Redhawks will travel to the CFSB Center to take on the Murray State Racers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The SE Missouri State Redhawks dropped to 9-19 (4-11 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Austin Peay Governors, 83-70, this past Thursday. SE Missouri State didn’t have many answers for the Austin Peay offense and couldn’t fight back after the Governors took a 65-53 lead with 8:02 left in regulation. SE Missouri State allowed Austin Peay to shoot 51.0% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Redhawks was Sage Tolbert who had 14 points, 1 rebounds, and a block.

On the season, SE Missouri State is averaging 71.2 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Redhawks are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SE Missouri State has been led by Ledarrius Brewer (13.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Skyler Hogan (10.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), Isaiah Gable (7.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Gabe McGlothan (7.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Defensively, SE Missouri State is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Redhawks have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Murray State Racers won their 6th straight game and improved to 22-4 (13-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the UT-Martin Skyhawks, 85-75, this past Thursday. Murray State had all they could handle from the Skyhawks, however, was able to pull away later in the 2nd half after taking a 79-65 lead with 4:01 left in regulation. Murray State shot 50.8% from the field and committed just 5 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Ja Morant who had 30 points, 9 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 83.1 ppg on 49.6% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (24.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 10.2 apg, 2.0 spg), Shaq Buchanan (13.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.0 spg), Tevin Brown (11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Darnell Cowart (10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Redhawks are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Racers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

SE Missouri State has lost 10 of their last 13 games and have struggled on both ends so the court as the Redhawks rank just 226th in scoring offense, 273rd in scoring defense, and 244th in defensive FG%.

Murray State has won 14 of their last 16 games and has been outstanding dominating opponents thanks to an offense that ranks 17th in scoring offense, 8th in FG%, and 56th in defensive FG%.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to watch Ja Morant play, do yourself a favor and do so and you’ll realize how the Racers are a team that no Power 5 school will want to play in the NCAA Tournament this season. Murray State defeated SE Missouri State by a 85-67 margin on the road earlier this season and as just don’t see how the Redhawks are going to be able to slow down the Murray State offense, I think the Racers get up by 25-30 in this one and hold on late to prevent the backdoor cover. Take Murray State to cover. Good Luck!

Pick:
Murray State Racers -19

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