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SE Missouri State vs. Murray State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Murray State at SE Missouri State
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 5:30 PM (EST)
Location
Show Me Center
Cape Girardeau, MO
The Line
SE Missouri State Redhawks +13 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Murray State Racers will travel to the Show Me Center to take on the SE Missouri State Redhawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers won their 4th straight game and improved to 12-2 (3-0 OVC) on the season after defeating the UT-Martin Skyhawks, 98-77, this past Thursday. Murray State dominated UT-Martin on the offensive end throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 63-48 lead with 16:13 left in regulation. Murray State shot 52.2% from the field & 48.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Ja Morant who had 26 points, 18 assists, and 4 rebounds.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 84.1 ppg on 50.1% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (23.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 10.5 apg, 1.8 spg), Tevin Brown (13.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Shaq Buchanan (13.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.4 spg), and Darnell Cowart (7.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg).

Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The SE Missouri State Redhawks dropped to 6-10 (1-2 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Austin Peay Governors, 78-60, this past Thursday night. SE Missouri State had no answers on the defensive end for the Governors and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 37-20 margin. SE Missouri State shot just 14.3% from beyond the arc, while allowing Austin Peay to shoot 52.5% from the field in the loss. Leading the way for the Redhawks was Skyler Hogan who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, SE Missouri State is averaging 71.2 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Redhawks are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SE Missouri State has been led by Skyler Hogan (13.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 apg), Ledarrius Brewer (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Alex Caldwell (9.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jonathan Dalton (6.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.0 apg).

Defensively, SE Missouri State is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Redhawks have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of -2.3.

The Racers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. OVC opponents and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Redhawks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. OVC opponents.

Murray State has been outstanding this season on both ends of the court and come into this match-up ranked 20th in scoring offense, 14th in FG%, and 53rd in scoring defense. SE Missouri State has lost 6 of their last 7 games and has struggled on both ends of the court as they currently rank just 249th in scoring offense & 211th in scoring defense.

Murray State is going to be the mid-major team that no one wants to face this season as not only can they get it done on both ends of the court, they have a potential top-10 NBA draft pick in Ja Morant who is putting up Russell Westbrook like numbers this season. SE Missouri State is better than their 6-10 record might indicate, however, Murray State is 5-0 ATS on the road this season and as there is no way I’m going to go against Morant and the Racers, I’m taking Murray State to cover this large road spread.

Pick:
Murray State Racers -13

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