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Murray State vs Southern Illinois Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 24th Betting Odds

Racers vs Salukis Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Murray State Racers at Southern Illinois Salukis
  • Where: Carbondale at Banterra Center
  • Date: Tuesday, January 24th
  • Betting Odds: Murray State +7, MURST +244 | SILL -313 O/U 131.0

Racers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Southern Illinois, the Murray State Racers will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 11-9. On the road, the Racers will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 4-7. So far, the Racers have been the underdog 9 times, going 3-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.

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Murray State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Rob Perry who is averaging 15.05 points per game for the Racers. Perry is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Racers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jacobi Wood who has hit 42.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.0 points per game.

Murray State comes into today’s matchup vs Southern Illinois, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 20 games, they have hit 47.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Racers have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 483rd in possessions per game.

Salukis Preview:

Southern Illinois will take their 4 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 16-5. Currently, the Salukis have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 10-1. The Salukis’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7 points in their favor. For the season, Southern Illinois has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 11-3.

Marcus Domask comes into today’s game as the Salukis’ leading scorer at 16.95 points per contest. Not only has Domask been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Southern Illinois’ top rebounder at 6.1 boards per contest. Behind Domask, the team has benefited from the strong play of Lance Jones, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.86 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.3% of his shots and is adding 3.1 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Southern Illinois this season, as they are currently ranked 402nd in college basketball at 64.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Salukis’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.4%, placing them 158th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Murray State Racers +7

Heading into this matchup between the Southern Illinois Salukis and Murray State Racers we have a strong lean on taking the points with Murray State at +7. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Murray State to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Murray State Racers at +7. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.

 


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