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NCAA hoops odds preview - Western Kentucky vs. Murray State

Western Kentucky HilltoppersMurray State Racers
Dec 16, 3:00 PM | CFSB Center

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Murray State Racers Odds

8-2TEAM RECORD7-1

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Racers in Murray State at CFSB Center on Sunday in college basketball action.

This season, the Racers are 7-1 overall and 3-2 ATS ATS, while the Hilltoppers are 8-2 and 6-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Murray State boasts a 2-0 on the OU, and Western Kentucky is 1-5.

View Western Kentucky vs Murray State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Racers, most recently No. 35 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Hilltoppers, who rate No. 49 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 83-79 victory for the Racers.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Murray State's No. 25-ranked scoring average of 79.8 PPG, against a Hilltoppers defense rated No. 84 and allowing 61.1 PPG. The Racers FG% has averaged 48.1% to date this season, more than the Hilltoppers shooters have managed so far (43.7% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Kentucky owns the country's No. 71-rated mark, allowing 64 points per game on the highway. Murray State, on the other hand, rates No. 55 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 77-57 winner at home against IUPUI. They covered the 13-point spread as favorites. Western Kentucky cruised to victory on Saturday, running IUPUI out of the gym and running up a 77-57 score at EA Diddle Arena.

Murray State was an 82-70 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Evansville. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Murray State earned an 82-70 victory over Evansville on Saturday, getting 21 points from Isaiah Canaan at Ford Center.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Virginia Commonwealth are 1-5
After playing IUPUI are 0-2
After a win are 8-2

Murray State Racers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Arkansas State are 4-1
After playing Evansville are 1-1
After a win are 8-2

A few Hilltoppers at Racers trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Murray State
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Murray State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Murray State's last 6 games when playing Western Kentucky
Murray State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Western Kentucky

Next up:
Western Kentucky at Virginia Commonwealth, Tuesday, December 18
Murray State at Arkansas State, Wednesday, December 19