The Ohio Valley Conference Tourney matchup between the Austin Peay Governors (21-11, 15-4 OVC) and the Murray State Racers (22-8, 15-3 OVC) will take place at Ford Center. Action begins at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, March 6, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Austin Peay Governors vs. Murray State Racers Odds Preview
The Governors defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers in their last outing, 76-65. Terry Taylor was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting. The Governors had a better free throw rate (0.200 vs. 0.143) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.591 (above their season average of 0.517).
The last time the Racers played it was against the Governors. The Racers won 75-61. The Racers played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.587 and a solid free throw rate of 0.269. For those same stats, the Governors had marks of 0.445 and 0.218, respectively. Jaiveon Eaves had a stellar game, with 21 points. For the season, both teams have won one game.
The sharp-shooting offense of Murray State will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Austin Peay. The Racers currently rank 32nd in effective field goal percentage (0.537), while the Governors are 324th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.530). The Racers should have the edge on that end of the court. Furthermore, the Governors are among the country’s elite on the offensive backboards, ranking 37th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.0 percent). The Racers, meanwhile, rank 24th at securing defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 76.8 percent.
Austin Peay Governors vs. Murray State Racers Free Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Murray State, ATS Winner – Murray State, O/U – Over
The Racers rank 26th in rebounds allowed per game (31.3) while the Governors rank 67th (32.9).
Murray State ranks 25th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while Austin Peay ranks 179th (13.5).
The Governors rank 14th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while the Racers rank 150th (3.6).
Austin Peay ranks 220th in three pointers attempted per game (19.6) while Murray State ranks 269th (17.9).
The Racers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.4, down from 11.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Governors have scored an average of 72.4 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.2 points per game (3.2 below their season average).