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Murray State favored by -12 against SIU Edwardsville on Thursday

SIU Edwardsville CougarsMurray State Racers
10-15February 13, 2014, 08:00 | CFSB Center14-9

The Murray State Racers will be trying to slam the SIU Edwardsville Cougars on Thursday when the teams tip off at CFSB Center in college betting action.

The Racers sport a record of 14-9 and 13-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 10-15 and 12-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-5 for the Racers and 11-9 for the Cougars.

View SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Murray State Racers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Racers installed as -12-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Racers rated this week at No. 12 and the Cougars sitting at No. 89.

Last time out for SIU Edwardsville, they were an 84-78 winner as they battled Tennessee-Martin at home. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. The Cougars grabbed an 84-78 win over the Skyhawks on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Donivine Stewart at Vadalabene Center.

Murray State was a 73-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Tennessee State. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Murray State earned a 73-65 victory over Tennessee State on Saturday, getting 17 points from Jonathan Fairell at Gentry Complex.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Murray State has the nation's No. 56-rated offensive output, at 75.65 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 232 allowing on average 76.08 PPG. The Racers FG% has averaged 46.53% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.89% per game.

A few Cougars at Racers trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 1-18 SU in its last 19 games on the road
SIU Edwardsville is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Murray State
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Murray State
Murray State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Murray State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Murray State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
SIU Edwardsville at Austin Peay, Saturday, February 15th
Murray State at Eastern Illinois, Saturday, February 15th