Southern Illinois-Edwardsville vs. Murray State - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville vs. Murray State - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Murray State Racers (19-8) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (7-21)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Sam M. Vadalabene Center)

The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +11 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Murray State Racers will travel to the Vadalabene Center to take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers dropped to 19-8 (12-3 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 63-60, this past Thursday. Murray State looked like they would be able to put this one in cruise control after taking a 50-23 lead with 11:45 left in regulation, however, the wheels fell off on both ends of the court for the Racers the rest of the way and the Panthers completed the incredible comeback after a Josiah Wallace hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Murray State shot 43.4% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Racers was Tevin Brown who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block.

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On the season, Murray State is averaging 76.2 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 76.2 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Tevin Brown (18.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg), KJ Williams (12.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), and Jaiveon Eaves (11.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 7.3 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-21 (4-11 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Austin Peay Governors, 78-60, this past Thursday. SIU-Edwardsville struggled offensively against the Governors and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 Austin Peay run gave the Governors a 72-54 lead with just 4:00 minutes left in regulation. SIU-Edwardsville shot just 38.9% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Shamar Wright who had 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals.

On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 66.9 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by Zeke Moore (13.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Cameron Williams (10.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Tyresse Williford (9.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Racers are 12-11-2 ATS on the season and are 2-1 ATS in their last three games against SIU-Edwardsville. The Cougars are 3-9 ATS n their last 12 games and just 3-7 ATS at home on the season.

Murray State comes into this game ranked 50th in scoring offense, 12th in FG%, and 62nd in scoring defense.

SIU-Edwardsville has struggled on both ends of the court this season and come into this game ranked 289th in scoring offense, 230th in FG%, and 283rd in scoring defense.

Murray State has struggled a bit on the road this season, however, the Racers are the far better team in this one and as I think the Racers come into this game ready to play a full 40 minutes after what happened at Eastern Illinois, I’m taking the Racers to cover this double-digit road spread. Good Luck.

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Brett’s Pick Murray State Racers -11

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