Illinois State Redbirds vs Murray State Racers Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Illinois State Redbirds vs Murray State Racers
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: CFSB Center in Murray, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Illinois State (+10)
The Murray State Racers (1-1) play the Illinois State Redbirds (2-1) at CFSB Center on Saturday. The spread on this matchup has Murray State as 10-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 143.
Illinois State enters this contest with a win-loss record of 2-1 on the year. The Redbirds are connecting on 41.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (25 of 61) and 70.5% from the free throw line. They average 108.7 points per outing (3rd in the nation) while going 60.0% from the floor. They are turning it over 16.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 22.3 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Illinois State is pulling down 43.3 boards per contest and has racked up 77 dimes for the year, which is 6th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Redbirds are able to force 14.3 turnovers per game while drawing 22.0 fouls. The Redbirds defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.6% (98 of 230) and they concede 36.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 192nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 40 relinquished for the season. They are giving up 26.0% from 3-point land and they rank 282nd in college basketball in points per game allowed (91.3).
The Illinois State Redbirds took the court against the Greenville Panthers and took home the win by a score of 177-108 in their last contest. Illinois State finished the contest having earned a 86.4% FG percentage (70 of 81) and made 8 of 14 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Redbirds converted 29 of their 42 attempts for a rate of 69.0%. In terms of grabbing boards, they collected 54 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 57 dimes in this game in addition to getting 10 steals and 6 blocks. In relation to defending, Illinois State allowed the other team to shoot 86.4% from the floor on 70 out of 81. Greenville distributed 16 dimes and 10 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Panthers snagged 25 boards (17 offensive, 8 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Greenville finished 71.4% from the free throw line by burying 10 of 14 attempts. They also knocked down 14 of 55 attempts from 3-point land.
Antonio Reeves is one player who played a role for this contest. He notched 16 points on 5 of 6 shooting. He saw the court for 22 mins and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Reeves shot 83.3% from the floor and recorded 5 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this game for the Redbirds was Josiah Strong. He snagged 6 boards and also accounted for 11 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 100.0% from the floor in the matchup by going 4-of-4 (13 points). Overall, Strong was on the hardwood for 22 minutes.
Murray State has a mark of 1-1 on the season. Murray State has accounted for 234 points on the year (117.0 per contest) and they grab 58.0 rebounds per contest. The Racers have committed 15.5 fouls every game and they go 81.3% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Racers are shooting 61.7% from the floor, which ranks 71st in the country. Their rate of earning assists is at 28.0 times per game (2nd in college basketball) and they turn it over 20.0 times per contest. The Racers on the defensive side of the court are 268th in Division 1 in PPG given up with 86.5. They are forcing 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 34.5% from the floor (27th in college basketball). The Murray State defense concedes 27.9% on shots from beyond the arc (29 of 104) and their opposition makes 68.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 14.5 assists and 34.0 total rebounds per game, which is 206th and 102nd in the country.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Murray State Racers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 78-61 against the MTSU Blue Raiders. The Racers corralled 23 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 in this contest. They also blocked 2 shots while earning 7 steals in this contest. The Blue Raiders earned 16 fouls in the matchup which took the Racers to the charity stripe for a total of 16 shots. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 75.0%. With regard to shooting from downtown, Murray State buried 3 of 16 tries (18.8%). Overall, the Racers went 23 for 57 from the field which gave them a rate of 40.4%. The Racers permitted the Blue Raiders to make 30 of their 67 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 44.8% for this game. They finished shooting 30.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 9 out of 30 and ended up going 9 of 12 at the free throw line (75.0%). In the matter of rebounding, Murray State allowed MTSU to snag 32 in all (8 offensive).
Tevin Brown played a lot for the Racers in this contest. He made 4 out of 14 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 28.6%, which earned him 13 points. Brown snagged 7 boards in his 38 mins and totaled 3 assists in the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Murray State was KJ Williams. He totaled 7 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood via 3 out of 9 from the floor in this game. Williams walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor while also earning 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Murray State (-10) and under 143 points
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