SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Murray State Racers Odds
The Murray State Racers host SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, looking to build on their 13-4 mark against the 6-9 Cougars in college hoops action at CFSB Center.
The Racers sport records of 13-4 and 6-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 6-9 and 6-5 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-6-1 for the Racers and 4-6 for the Cougars.
The Racers were listed as 17-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at GTbets, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Racers - Cougars odds would favor the Racers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Murray State is rated No. 64 in the current Odds Shark poll, while SIU Edwardsville is at No. 278. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 75-64 win for the Racers.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cougars is ranked No. 299 in NCAA hoops at 31.6 per game. Contrast that with Murray State’s No. 114 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Murray State is the No. 20-ranked team in the country at 8.5 per game, while SIU Edwardsville rates No. 168 at 6.1 per game.
Defensively, SIU Edwardsville features the nation's No. 142-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.4 points per game. Murray State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 123 nationally in scoring at home.
SIU Edwardsville was a 66-53 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Austin Peay. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Jerome Jones scored 22 points leading the Cougars to a 66-53 victory over Austin Peay at Winfield Dunn Center on Thursday.
Last time out for Murray State, they were a 70-49 winner as they battled Eastern Illinois at home. They covered in the match as a 15.5-point favorite. The Racers blew out Eastern Illinois on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 70-49 win at CFSB Center.
SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-5
Before playing SE Missouri State are 4-1
After playing Austin Peay are 0-1
After a win are 4-6
Murray State Racers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Tennessee Tech are 10-0
After playing Eastern Illinois are 9-1
After a win are 7-3
A few Cougars at Racers trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Murray State
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing SIU Edwardsville
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against SIU Edwardsville
Murray State is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Murray State's last 6 games
SIU Edwardsville home to SE Missouri State, Thursday, January 24
Murray State at Tennessee Tech, Thursday, January 24