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Racers face SIU Edwardsville Cougars: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Murray State RacersSIU Edwardsville Cougars
Jan 21, 8:00 PM | Vadalabene Center

Murray State Racers vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Odds

19-0TEAM RECORD5-11

SIU Edwardsville will look to improve on its 5-11 record on Saturday when they host Murray State in NCAAB odds action at Vadalabene Center.

The Cougars are 5-11 so far on the season, and 5-7 ATS vs. the number. The Racers, meanwhile, are 19-0 and 9-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen SIU Edwardsville go 5-7 and the Racers go 7-8 on the totals.

View Murray State vs SIU Edwardsville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Racers listed as 17.5-point favorites

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cougars at No. 305 and the Racers at No. 79 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 82-61 result in favor of the Racers.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features SIU Edwardsville's No. 267-ranked scoring average of 63.6 PPG, against a Racers defense rated No. 42 and allowing 60.8 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 42.7% to date this season, less than the Racers shooters have managed so far (47.8% per game).

Defensively, Murray State features the nation's No. 53-rated defense on the road, allowing 64 points per game. SIU Edwardsville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 263 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Murray State, they were a 66-60 winner as they battled Morehead State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Isaiah Canaan scored 20 points leading the Racers to a 66-60 victory over Morehead State at Ellis Johnson Arena on Wednesday.

SIU Edwardsville was an 80-67 loser in their most recent outing at home against Austin Peay. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. The Cougars got 20 points from Mark Yelovich, but it was Austin Peay that prevailed in an 80-67 final on Thursday at Vadalabene Center.

Murray State Racers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Eastern Illinois are 6-4
After playing Morehead State are 7-3
After a win are 10-0

SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-2
Before playing Jacksonville State are 1-0
After a loss are 4-6

A few Racers at Cougars trends to consider:
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of SIU Edwardsville's last 6 games
SIU Edwardsville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Murray State

Next up:
Murray State home to Eastern Illinois, Saturday, January 28
SIU Edwardsville at Jacksonville State, Saturday, January 28

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