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CIT Semis: Pacific vs. Murray State

Pacific TigersMurray State Racers
18-15April 01, 2014, 09:00 | CFSB Center21-11

Pacific will be up against Murray State on April 1 in one of the semifinal matchups of the CIT postseason tournament, with the winner moving on to the event's championship on April 3.

Pacific beat Grand Canyon in the first round of the CIT, then topped Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the second round before getting past San Diego in the quarterfinals. Murray State so far has beaten Missouri State, Nebraska-Omaha, and Towson.

The Tigers will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 18-14 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Racers are 18-10-1 ATS. Pacific is 19-12 against the total, while Murray State is 18-10 versus the number.

View Pacific Tigers vs Murray State Racers Odds and Stats.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 215-rated Pacific taking on the No. 32-rated Racers in this contest.

In their last action, Pacific was a 75-60 winner at home against San Diego. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Pacific earned a 75-60 victory over San Diego on Wednesday, getting 23 points from Andrew Bock at Spanos Center.

Murray State was an 85-73 winner in their most recent outing at home against Towson. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Racers grabbed an 85-73 win over the Tigers on Thursday, behind a 24-point effort from Cameron Payne at CFSB Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Tigers is ranked No. 139 in NCAA hoops at 34.76 per game. Contrast that with Murray State’s No. 79 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Murray State is the No. 53-ranked team in the country at 7.31 per game, while Pacific rates No. 111 at 6.36 per game.

A few Tigers at Racers trends to consider:
Pacific is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Pacific is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pacific's last 9 games
Pacific is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Murray State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Murray State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Murray State's last 6 games
Murray State is 9-2-1 ATS in its last 12 games at home