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SIU Edwardsville Cougars home to Murray State Racers in NCAA Basketball betting action

Murray State RacersSIU Edwardsville Cougars
10-7January 18, 2014, 02:00 | Vadalabene Center5-13

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars will hit the floor running against the visiting Murray State Racers Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Racers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 8-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cougars are 7-7 ATS. Murray State is 9-3 against the total, while SIU Edwardsville is 6-8 versus the number.

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

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, SIU Edwardsville sat as 5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 173-rated Murray State taking on the No. 260-rated Cougars in this contest.

Murray State was a 70-66 winner in its last match on the road against Eastern Illinois. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Racers grabbed a 70-66 win over the Panthers on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from Cameron Payne at Lantz Arena.

Last time out for SIU Edwardsville, they were a 71-67 winner as they battled Austin Peay at home. They covered in the match as a 2-point underdog. The Cougars grabbed a 71-67 win over the Governors on Thursday, behind a 15-point effort from Rozell Nunn at Vadalabene Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Racers is ranked No. 143 in NCAA hoops at 35.76 per game. Contrast that with SIU Edwardsville’s No. 248 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, SIU Edwardsville is the No. 73-ranked team in the country at 7.22 per game, while Murray State rates No. 106 at 6.47 per game.

A few Racers at Cougars trends to consider:
Murray State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Murray State's last 5 games
Murray State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
SIU Edwardsville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of SIU Edwardsville's last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Murray State home to Tennessee Tech, Thursday, January 23rd
SIU Edwardsville at SE Missouri State, Thursday, January 23rd