Murray State favored by 18 against Eastern Illinois on Thursday
Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Murray State Racers Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Murray State Racers try to run the Eastern Illinois Panthers off the court at CFSB Center in college hoops action.
Murray State battles the Panthers, currently sitting with a 3-15 mark (4-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-5-1 for the Racers and 3-4-2 for the Panthers.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Murray State sat as 18-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Racers sit at No. 64 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Panthers sit at No. 330 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Racers will win this game 73-58.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Murray State's No. 50-ranked offense, averaging 74.3 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 128 at 64.3 PPG. The Racers field goal percentage has averaged 46.3% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.4% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Eastern Illinois owns the country's No. 97-rated mark, allowing 66.1 points per game on the highway. Murray State, on the other hand, rates No. 113 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Eastern Illinois was a 61-55 loser at home against Jacksonville State. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois got 10 points from Sherman Blanford but lost anyway, 61-55, to Jacksonville State on Saturday at Lantz Arena.
Murray State won its last outing, a 71-68 result against Austin Peay on January 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point favorite. Isaiah Canaan went off for 26 points and added 4 rebounds, leading Murray State over Austin Peay, 71-68, on Saturday at Winfield Dunn Center.
Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Austin Peay are 6-4
After playing Jacksonville State are 4-6
After a loss are 0-10
Murray State Racers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing SIU Edwardsville are 6-1
After playing Austin Peay are 10-0
After a win are 7-3
A few Panthers at Racers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Eastern Illinois's last 7 games when playing on the road against Murray State
Eastern Illinois is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Murray State
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Murray State's last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Murray State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Eastern Illinois
Murray State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Murray State is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games at home
Eastern Illinois at Austin Peay, Saturday, January 19
Murray State home to SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, January 19