Austin Peay at Murray State 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Austin Peay at Murray State 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Murray State Racers (24-2) vs Austin Peay Governors (10-14)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm (CFSB Center)

Betting Odds: Murray State Racers -19.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Austin Peay faces Murray State on Thursday, February 17th, 2022 at the CFSB Center for a college basketball Ohio Valley Conference matchup. 

Austin Peay is coming off a 62-54 win over Eastern Illinois in its last game at home on February 14th. Austin Peay is now on a three-game win streak with three straight conference wins. Austin Peay has not had the sharpest season by any means but the Governors are a modest 10-14 on the season and 6-8 in conference play, putting them in fifth place in the OVC standings. Austin Peay's leading scorer so far this season has been C Elijah Hutchins-Everett, who has scored 12.9 points per game and has earned 6.7 rebounds per game as well. Austin Peay as a team has scored 65.3 points per game and has shot the ball at a 42.0% clip from the field. Austin Peay has also allowed 68.6 points per game to its opponents as well. 

Murray State is coming off a 57-53 win over Morehead State in its last game on the road on February 12th. Murray State is ranked 21st in the nation and is perfect in conference play, owning a 14-0 OVC record. Murray State is certainly the team to beat in the Ohio Valley and is certainly a team that could earn an at-large bid if the Racers do not win the OVC conference tournament. Murray State is 24-2 overall this season and a strong 14-8-1 against the spread as well. Murray State's leading scorer so far this season has been F KJ Williams, who has scored 17.4 points per game and has earned 8.7 rebounds per game as well. Murray State as a team has scored 80.0 points per game and has shot the ball at a 47.9% clip from the field. Murray State has also allowed 62.5 points per game to its opponents as well. 

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Murray State is a 19.5-point favorite and the total is set at 130.5. I understand that Murray State is perfect in conference play and should have no real issues winning this game, but 19.5 is a lot to lay when this matchup has been a rather strong rivalry in recent years. Austin Peay is playing its best basketball and I think the Govs can keep this game respectable, even on the road. 

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Ronald’s Pick Austin Peay +19.5

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