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Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Murray State Racers Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Murray State RacersEastern Illinois Panthers
9-7January 16, 2014, 08:00 | Lantz Arena5-11

The Eastern Illinois Panthers host Murray State on Thursday, looking to build on their 5-11 mark against the 9-7 Racers in college hoops action at Lantz Arena.

Eastern Illinois battles the Racers, currently sitting with a 9-7 mark (8-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-6 for the Panthers and 8-3 for the Racers.

View Murray State Racers vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Panthers installed as 3-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Panthers sit at No. 332 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Racers sit at No. 173 on the same chart.

Murray State was an 89-67 winner in their most recent outing at home against Austin Peay. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Murray State cruised to victory on Saturday, running Austin Peay out of the gym and running up an 89-67 score at CFSB Center.

Eastern Illinois won its last outing, a 56-48 result against Jacksonville State on January 11. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. The Panthers got 15 points from Chris Olivier as Eastern Illinois ran past Jacksonville State 56-48 on Saturday at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Eastern Illinois's No. 248-ranked scoring average of 63.19 PPG, against a Racers defense rated No. 171 and allowing 71.69 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 42.27% to date this season, less than the Racers shooters have managed so far (46.07% per game).

Next up:
Murray State at SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, January 18th
Eastern Illinois at Austin Peay, Saturday, January 18th