NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Jackrabbits underdogs vs Racers at Murray State
South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs Murray State Racers Odds
The Murray State Racers hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the South Dakota State Jackrabbits pay a visit to CFSB Center on the college basketball betting menu.
The Jackrabbits will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 13-11 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Racers are 10-13 ATS. South Dakota State is 11-9-1 against the total, while Murray State is 8-10-1 versus the number.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Murray State sat as 3.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Racers at No. 59 and the Jackrabbits at No. 111 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 78-77 result in favor of the Jackrabbits.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Murray State's No. 57-ranked scoring average of 73 PPG, against a Jackrabbits defense rated No. 158 and allowing 65.6 PPG. The Racers FG% has averaged 45% to date this season, less than the Jackrabbits shooters have managed so far (46.1% per game).
Defensively, South Dakota State features the nation's No. 218-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.2 points per game. Murray State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 104 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, South Dakota State was a 79-78 loser on the road against CS Bakersfield. The Jackrabbits got a huge 32-point effort from Nate Wolters but still lost 79-78 against CS Bakersfield on Wednesday at Rabobank Arena.
Murray State was a 106-100 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Morehead State. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Murray State got 35 points from Isaiah Canaan en route to a 106-100 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday at Ellis Johnson Arena.
Murray State Racers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Tennessee-Martin are 6-4
After playing Morehead State are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
A few Jackrabbits at Racers trends to consider:
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Murray State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Murray State's last 7 games
South Dakota State at Nebraska Omaha, Thursday, February 28
Murray State home to Tennessee-Martin, Thursday, February 28