Murray State Racers vs MTSU Blue Raiders Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Murray State Racers vs MTSU Blue Raiders
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Murphy Athletic Center in Murfreesboro, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Murray State (-7)
The Murray State Racers (1-0) head to Murphy Athletic Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the MTSU Blue Raiders (0-2). Murray State opens this contest as 7-point favorites. The total has been set at 142.
Murray State steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 1-0 for the year. They lose possession via turnover 22 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17 fouls per contest. As a unit, Murray State is pulling down 79 rebounds per game and has accounted for 45 dimes on the year, which ranks 32nd in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Racers are connecting on 38.5% from downtown (5 of 13) and 87.5% from the free throw line. They average 173 pts per contest (1st in D-1) while going 73.3% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Racers are forcing their opponents into 17 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19 personal fouls. The Racers defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 28.0% (30 of 107) and they surrender 31 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 164th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 17 surrendered so far this year. They are giving up 27.0% on three-point shots and they are ranked 348th in D-1 in opponents points per game (95).
The Murray State Racers faced the Greenville Panthers and took home the win by a score of 173-95 in their last game. Murray State ended the contest with a 73.3% FG percentage (77 out of 105) and converted 5 of their 13 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Racers knocked down 14 of 16 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. Concerning rebounding, they collected 75 with 15 of them being offensive. They also recorded 45 assists for the matchup in addition to having 8 steals and 8 rejections. In reference to defending, Murray State let their opponent shoot 73.3% from the field on 77 out of 105. Greenville earned 17 assists and 13 steals for the game. In addition, the Panthers snagged 24 boards (11 offensive, 13 defensive) and earned 8 blocks. Greenville walked away from this one shooting 65.2% at the free throw line by making 15 of 23 attempts. They also converted 20 of 74 attempts from 3-point land.
Tevin Brown is a player who saw a lot of minutes for the game. He recorded 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 18 mins and also totaled 8 rebounds. Brown ended up going 57.1% from the floor and recorded 9 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in this matchup for the Racers was Justice Hill. He snagged 10 rebounds and accumulated 11 dimes. He ended up shooting 60.0% from the field in the game by shooting 3-of-5 (7 points). In all, Hill was on the hardwood for 18 min.
MTSU has a win-loss mark of 0-2 this year. The Blue Raiders are responsible for committing 21.5 fouls per contest while shooting 67.6% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 8.0 times per game (244th in D-1) and they turn it over 21.0 times per contest. MTSU has accounted for 102 points on the season (51.0 per contest) and they grab 32.5 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Blue Raiders are connecting on 31.2% from the field, which is 350th in the nation. The Blue Raiders on the defensive side of the court are 133rd in D-1 in points given up per game with 58.5. They are able to force 20.0 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 37.5% from the floor (48th in Division 1). The MTSU defense gives up 17.2% on 3-point shots (5 of 29) and their opposition knocks down 71.8% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 9.5 assists and 40.0 boards per contest, which has them ranked 142nd and 294th in D-1.
The last time they took the hardwood, the MTSU Blue Raiders went home defeated by a final of 57-43 against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. The Blue Raiders corralled 27 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in the game. They blocked 3 attempts while getting 10 steals for this contest. The Buccaneers were called for 17 personal fouls in this contest which got the Blue Raiders to the free throw line for 12 attempts. They were able to make 9 of them for a clip of 75.0%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, MTSU knocked down 4 of 21 attempts (19.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Blue Raiders finished 15 out of 50 from the field which had them shooting 30.0%. The Blue Raiders allowed the Buccaneers to make 20 out of their 58 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.5% for this contest. They finished 18.2% from downtown by going 4 out of 22 and ended up going 13 of 19 from the free throw line (68.4%). When discussing team rebounding, MTSU permitted East Tennessee State to snag 37 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Jordan Davis ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Blue Raiders in this matchup. He converted 1 out of 8 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 12.5%, which earned him 3 points. Davis collected 7 rebounds in his 31 mins played and totaled 2 dimes for this game. Someone else that was pivotal for MTSU was Jalen Jordan. He ended up scoring 3 points in his 27 minutes played via 1 out of 4 shooting for this game. Jordan wrapped this one up going 25.0% from the floor while totaling 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Murray State (-7)
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