Austin Peay Governors vs Murray State Racers Prediction, 12/8/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Austin Peay Governors vs Murray State Racers
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Location: CFSB Center in Murray, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Austin Peay (+5.5)
The Austin Peay Governors (3-1) travel to CFSB Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Murray State Racers (2-1). Austin Peay opens this game as 5.5-point dogs. The total opens at 147.
Austin Peay enters this game with a mark of 3-1 for the campaign. They turn the ball over 17.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 20.5 fouls every game. As a team, Austin Peay is pulling down 39.8 rebounds per contest and has racked up 59 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 79th in the nation in terms of passing. The Governors are hitting 31.1% on 3-pointers (23 of 74) and 70.1% from the free throw line. They average 78.3 pts per game (103rd in D-1) while connecting on 46.5% from the field. On defense, the Governors are forcing 20.0 turnovers every game and they draw 20.0 personal fouls. They currently rank 88th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 33 surrendered for the season. The Governors defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 41.9% (93 of 222) and they relinquish 31.5 rebounds per contest as a unit. They give up 29.0% on 3-point shots and they are 65th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (62.5).
The Austin Peay Governors took the court against the Carver Cougars and walked away with a win by a score of 102-38 in their last game. Austin Peay walked away from the game having earned a 55.3% FG percentage (42 out of 76) and buried 9 of their 25 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Governors converted 9 of their 15 shots for a percentage of 60.0%. Concerning pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 46 with 15 of them being offensive. They also dished out 24 dimes for the game in addition to earning 13 steals and 6 blocked shots. In relation to the defense, Austin Peay allowed their opponent to shoot 55.3% from the field on 42 out of 76. Carver distributed 6 assists and 9 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Cougars had 26 rebounds (6 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Carver ended up shooting 50.0% from the free throw line by converting 9 of their 18 attempts. They made 1 out of their 12 shots from distance.
Elton Walker is someone who was a major contributor in this game. He ended up walking away with 13 points on 6 out of 8 shooting. He saw the court for 22 mins and also grabbed 5 boards. Walker shot 75.0% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Governors was Mike Peake. He grabbed 8 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 100.0% from the field in this contest by hitting 6-of-6 (14 points). When the game finished, Peake played 18 min.
Murray State has a win-loss mark of 2-1 so far this year. The Racers commit 17.3 personal fouls every game and they go 77.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 25.3 times per game (3rd in the country) and they are giving up possession 19.0 times per contest. Murray State has accounted for 310 pts on the year (103.3 per game) and they grab 53.3 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Racers are connecting on 58.6% from the field, which has them ranked 59th in D-1. The Racers on the defensive end are ranked 255th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 79.3. The Murray State defense concedes 26.8% on shots from 3-point land (34 of 127) and their opponents are making 60.7% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 13.3 dimes and 34.0 total rebounds per game, ranking them 173rd and 105th in D-1. They are forcing 14.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 36.0% from the floor (30th in college basketball).
For their last game, the Murray State Racers walked away with a victory by a final of 76-65 when they played the Illinois State Redbirds. The Racers were able to snag 34 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 41 in this contest. They stuffed 2 tries while earning 5 steals for this contest. The Redbirds earned 17 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Racers to the free throw line for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of them for a rate of 69.2%. With regard to 3-pointers, Murray State buried 9 of 21 attempts (42.9%). In all, the Racers finished the game shooting 29 for 58 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Racers permitted the Redbirds to make 25 out of their 62 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 40.3% for this contest. They shot 21.7% from three-point range by going 5 of 23 and finished the contest at 10 of 21 at the charity stripe (47.6%). When discussing how they rebounded, Murray State allowed Illinois State to collect 28 in all (8 offensive).
Tevin Brown was important for the Racers in this contest. He converted 8 of 16 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Brown had 9 rebounds in his 38 minutes and tallied 6 dimes for this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Murray State was Justice Hill. He ended up with 15 points in his 31 minutes on the court via 4 of 9 from the floor for this game. Hill ended the game having shot 44.4% from the field while earning 6 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Austin Peay (+5.5)
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