Murray State at SIU Edwardsville
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
SIU Edwardsville Cougars +15.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5
The Murray State Racers will travel to the Vadalabene Center to take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Murray State Racers won their 6th straight game and improved to 14-2 (5-0 OVC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 83-61, this past Thursday night. Murray State had no trouble taking care of business early in this one and easily cruised to victory after taking a 48-29 halftime lead. Murray State shot 52.3% from the field and outrebounded Eastern Illinois by a 48-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Ja Morant who had 27 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal.
On the season, Murray State is averaging 84.1 ppg on 50.4% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Ja Morant (23.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 10.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Shaq Buchanan (13.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.3 spg), Tevin Brown (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and KJ Williams (7.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg).
Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 5-12 (1-4 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Austin Peay Governors, 79-71, this past Thursday. SIU-Edwardsville trailed by just a 38-35 margin at halftime, however, couldn’t fight back after the Governors took a 70-59 lead with 4:39 left in regulation. SIU-Edwardsville shot just 37.9% from the field and committed 18 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Cameron Williams who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 73.9 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by David McFarland (13.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.9 spg), Tyresse Williford (13.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 apg), Brandon Jackson (12.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg), and Cameron Williams (11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 80.8 ppg on 50.5% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -6.9 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The Racers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. OVC opponents and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Murray State continues to show that are arguably the best mid-major team in the nation this season as they currently rank 20th in scoring offense, 7th in FG%, and 41st in scoring defense. SIU-Edwardsville has lost 7 of their last 10 games and has really struggled defensively as they rank just 337th in scoring defense, 350th in defensive FG%, and 294th in rebound margin.
Murray State has one of the best players in all of College Basketball in Ja Morant and as the Racers should have no trouble putting up a ton of points against the Cougars defense, I’m taking the Racers to cover this large spread.