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Murray State Austin Peay Betting Preview

Austin Peay GovernorsMurray State Racers
8-8January 11, 2014, 08:30 | CFSB Center8-7

The Murray State Racers host Austin Peay on Saturday, looking to build on their 8-7 mark against the 8-8 Governors in college hoops action at CFSB Center.

The Racers sport a record of 8-7 and 7-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Governors have 8-8 and 7-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-3 for the Racers and 3-6 for the Governors.

View Austin Peay Governors vs Murray State Racers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Racers in this one found them listed as -6.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Governors was expected to move the line.

The Racers sit at No. 281 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Governors sit at No. 303 on the same chart.

In their last action, Austin Peay was an 80-74 winner at home against SE Missouri State. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. SE Missouri State was victimized for 21 points and 12 rebounds by Chris Horton as the Governors bested the Redhawks 80-74 in college basketball action on Saturday.

Last time out for Murray State, they were a 77-64 winner as they battled Eastern Kentucky on the road. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. The Racers grabbed a 77-64 win over the Colonels on Wednesday, behind a 19-point effort from Cameron Payne at Paul S. McBrayer Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Murray State's No. 144-ranked scoring average of 72.73 PPG, against a Governors defense rated No. 232 and allowing 76.69 PPG. The Racers FG% has averaged 45.95% to date this season, less than the Governors shooters have managed so far (48.32% per game).

A few Governors at Racers trends to consider:
Austin Peay is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Austin Peay is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Murray State
Austin Peay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Murray State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Austin Peay's last 6 games when playing Murray State
Murray State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Murray State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Murray State's last 6 games
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Austin Peay at SIU Edwardsville, Thursday, January 16th
Murray State at Eastern Illinois, Thursday, January 16th