Murray State at Jacksonville State 3/4/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Jacksonville State Gamecocks (17-8) vs Murray State Racers (13-12)
Game Info: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Ford Center)
Betting Odds: Jacksonville State Gamecocks +2 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Murray State faces Jacksonville State on Thursday, March 4th at the Ford Center for an NCAA basketball OVC Tournament matchup.
Murray State ended its regular season with a 71-61 loss to Tennessee Tech on the road on February 27th. Murray State had a disappointing regular season, to say the least, but all of that is in the past. Murray State went 13-12 overall and 10-10 in OVC play this season, putting the Racers in 6th place in the conference standings. Murray State could be the type of team that makes a very deep run in this tournament, despite the struggles in OVC. Murray State's leading scorer so far this season has been F KJ Williams, who has scored 15.3 points per game for the Racers. Murray State as a team has scored 76.8 points per game and has shot the ball at a 50.1% clip from the field. Murray State has also allowed 66.8 points per game to its opponents as well.
Jacksonville State ended its regular season with a 75-67 win over Austin Peay at home on February 27th. Jacksonville State ended the regular season on a scorcher, winning its last three games and four of its last five as well. Jacksonville State owned a 17-8 record and a 13-6 OVC record also. Jacksonville State finished fourth in the conference standings and also held a 13-9-1 against the spread record as well. Jacksonville State's leading scorer so far this season has been G Darian Adams, who has scored 15.6 points per game for the Gamecocks. Jacksonville State as a team has scored 74.7 points per game and has shot the ball at a 46.6% clip from the field. Jacksonville State has also allowed 68.6 points per game to its opponents as well.
Murray State opens as a 2-point favorite and the total is set at 139.5. Seeing the worse seed as the favorite in this game may come as a surprise to some, but it shows you how good this Murray State team can be when playing at full potential. I like Murray State to win this game and punch its ticket to the OVC Semifinals.