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Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Murray State Racers Point Spread: Betting Trends Hint at Winner

Murray State takes to the basketball court against Eastern Illinois on Thursday, hoping to send the Panthers to a loss while covering the college basketball betting point spread at Lantz Arena.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Murray State Racers opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Murray State Racers vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 9-7 and 9-5 ATS Eastern Illinois Panthers will face the 8-9 Murray State Racers, who own a 6-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Eastern Illinois Panthers are 5-9 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Murray State Racers are 9-5.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 62-ranked Eastern Illinois Panthers and the No. 130-rated Murray State Racers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Eastern Illinois has the nation's No. 130-rated offensive output, at 74.94 PPG. The visiting Murray State Racers defense ranks No. 220 allowing on average 76.59 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 41.13% so far, less than the Eastern Illinois Racers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.17% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Racers got 21 points from Jonathan Stark, but it was Tennessee Tech that prevailed in a 71-67 final on Saturday at Eblen Center.

Eastern Illinois earned a 74-60 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, getting 17 points from Montell Goodwin at Paul S. McBrayer Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Murray State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Murray State is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Murray State's last 5 games on the road
  • Murray State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Eastern Illinois
  • Eastern Illinois is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • Eastern Illinois is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Murray State
  • Eastern Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Murray State
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Eastern Illinois's last 19 games when playing Murray State

Next Betting Matchups

Murray State at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Saturday, January 14th
Eastern Illinois at Austin Peay, Saturday, January 14th