Eastern Illinois at Murray State: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Eastern Illinois at Murray State: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Murray State Racers (12-9) vs Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-16)

Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:30 pm (CFSB Center)

Betting Odds: Murray State Racers -16 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Murray State Racers face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the CFSB Center.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers have been terrible this season and they sit with a 7-16 record overall. Coming into this game, Eastern Illinois has lost two games in a row and they have failed to cover each of the last two games. In the last game against Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois lost by 13 points. Eastern Illinois on the season is averaging 68.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 75.1 points per game. Eastern Illinois is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from behind the three point line. Marvin Johnson has been the best player for Eastern Illinois averaging 15.1 points while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Murray State Racers who sit with a 12-9 record overall and they have won four games in a row. In the last game against SIU Edwardsville the offense was elite putting up 86 points and that led to a victory. Over the last five games, Murray State is averaging 76.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 60.4 points per game. Forward KJ Williams has been the best player for Murray State averaging 16 points while shooting 59 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from behind the three point line. 

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The under is 7-2 in Eastern Illinois last nine road games. The over is 46-18 in Eastern Illinois last 64 games played on Thursday. The under is 12-4 in Murray State’s last 16 home games. 

Murray State is the better team and their defense is going to lock down again in this game. Eastern Illinois offense is going to have no answer and Murray State will come away with a win and a cover of the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Murray State -16

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