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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Panthers underdogs vs Racers at Eastern Illinois

Murray State RacersEastern Illinois Panthers
Feb 16, 7:00 PM | Lantz Arena

Murray State Racers vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds

18-6TEAM RECORD7-19

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Murray State Racers at Lantz Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Panthers are 7-19 so far on the season, and 8-13 ATS vs. the number. The Racers, meanwhile, are 18-6 and 9-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Eastern Illinois go 8-7-2 and the Racers go 6-10-1 on the totals.

View Murray State vs Eastern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Eastern Illinois in this one found them as 7-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Panthers, most recently No. 316 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Racers, who rate No. 51 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 73-60 victory for the Racers.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Racers rank No. 91 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.8 per game. That compares with Eastern Illinois’s No. 337 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Eastern Illinois is college basketball's No. 169-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Racers rate No. 63 with 7.3 per game.

Defensively, Murray State features the nation's No. 84-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.5 points per game. Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 316 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Murray State, they were a 65-60 loser as they battled SIU Edwardsville on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. The Racers endured a 65-60 loss at the hands of the Cougars on Thursday, despite a 20-point effort from Stacy Wilson at Vadalabene Center.

Eastern Illinois was a 71-64 loser in their most recent outing at home against Austin Peay. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Panthers endured a 71-64 loss at the hands of the Governors on Thursday, despite a 24-point effort from Morris Woods at Lantz Arena.

Murray State Racers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Morehead State are 8-2
After playing SIU Edwardsville are 8-1
After a loss are 8-2

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Belmont are 2-0
After playing Austin Peay are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

A few Racers at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Murray State's last 6 games on the road
Murray State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Eastern Illinois
Murray State is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Murray State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Eastern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Eastern Illinois's last 5 games when playing Murray State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Illinois's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Illinois's last 5 games when playing at home against Murray State
Eastern Illinois is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Murray State

Next up:
Murray State at Morehead State, Wednesday, February 20
Eastern Illinois home to Belmont, Wednesday, February 20