Eastern Illinois vs. Murray State - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois vs. Murray State - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Murray State Racers (19-7) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (12-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Lantz Arena)

The Line: Eastern Illinois Panthers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Murray State Racers will travel to Lantz Arena to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers improved to 19-7 (12-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 85-57, this past Saturday. Murray State dominated the Eagles on both ends of the court throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 65-45 lead with 10:43 left in regulation. Murray State shot 52.7% from the field while holding Morehead State to just 33.9% shooting from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Racers was Devin Gilmore who had a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks in just 22 minutes from off the bench.

On the season, Murray State is averaging 76.8 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Tevin Brown (18.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg), KJ Williams (13.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg), and Anthony Smith (9.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.0 apg).

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Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 7.6 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-14 (5-9 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the UT-Martin Skyhawks, 80-79 in OT, this past Saturday. Eastern Illinois allowed UT-Martin to fight back from a 67-60 deficit with just 4:05 left in regulation to force OT and the Skyhawks were able to get a dramatic victory after Derek Hawthorne Jr. hit a game-winning three-pointer for UT-Martin as time expired. Eastern Illinois allowed UT-Martin to shoot 50.9% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Josiah Wallace who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 75.3 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Josiah Wallace (14.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), Mack Smith (13.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), and George Dixon (11.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Racers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 February games, however, are just 4-5-1 ATS in away games on the season. The Panthers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games, however, are 8-1-1 SU in their last 10 games at home.

Murray State comes into this game ranked 41st in scoring offense, 11th in FG%, and 64th in scoring defense.

Eastern Illinois comes into this match-up ranked 76th in scoring offense, 58th in FG%, and 48th in turnover margin.

Murray State is once agianst one of the top teams in the OVC this season however, the Racers have lost 2 of their last 3 road games and had their hands full with Eastern Illinois at home, barley pulling out a 73-70 win. Eastern Illinois is 8-2 at home this season and between the fact that the Panthers seems to always play to the level of their competition and that I think their offense will have some success against the Racers defense, I’m taking Eastern Illinois and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Eastern Illinois Panthers +4.5

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