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Eastern Illinois PanthersMurray State Racers
Jan 28, 8:00 PM | CFSB Center

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Murray State Racers Odds

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College hoops betting interest focuses on the Murray State vs Eastern Illinois battle Saturday at CFSB Center as the Racers look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

The Racers sport records of 20-0 and 9-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Panthers have 9-10 and 6-6 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-8 for the Racers and 4-8 for the Panthers.

View Eastern Illinois vs Murray State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Racers in this one, they're listed as 18.5-point favorites on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 70-ranked Racers and the No. 281-rated Panthers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 83-67 win for the Racers on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Murray State's No. 41-ranked offense, averaging 75.6 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 230 at 69.1 PPG. The Racers field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.

Defensively, Eastern Illinois features the nation's No. 213-rated defense on the road, allowing 72 points per game. Murray State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 82 nationally in scoring at home.

Eastern Illinois was a 63-45 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Jacksonville State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois got 14 points from Alfonzo McKinnie but lost anyway, 63-45, to Jacksonville State on Thursday at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Last time out for Murray State, they were an 82-65 winner as they battled SIU Edwardsville on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 17.5-point favorite. Murray State got 21 points from Isaiah Canaan en route to an 82-65 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday at Vadalabene Center.

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing SE Missouri State are 6-4
After playing Jacksonville State are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Murray State Racers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing SE Missouri State are 8-2
After playing SIU Edwardsville are 6-1
After a win are 10-0

A few Panthers at Racers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Eastern Illinois's last 6 games when playing on the road against Murray State
Eastern Illinois is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Murray State
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Murray State's last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Murray State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Eastern Illinois

Next up:
Eastern Illinois home to SE Missouri State, Monday, January 30
Murray State home to SE Missouri State, Thursday, February 2

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