The Austin Peay Governors (16-9, 10-2 OVC) will try to prolong a 12-game home winning streak when they take on the Murray State Racers (18-6, 11-1 OVC) at Winfield Dunn Center. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Murray State Racers at Austin Peay Governors Odds Preview
The last time the Racers played, they were victorious over the Tennessee State Tigers, 73-65. Tevin Brown was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting. Murray State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.537 (below their season average of 0.542) and a turnover percentage of 20.3 (worse than their season average of 17.3). For those same stats, Tennessee State was 0.471 and 21.8, respectively.
The Governors are hoping for a better outcome after their 71-63 loss to the Belmont Bruins in their last matchup. Terry Taylor was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 11-for-20 shooting. Belmont did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (18-24; 75.0 percent). Austin Peay, on the other hand, held the Bruins to an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.3 (below their season average of 25.7).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Racers won both games played against each other last season. In the last contest, Murray State won 94-83. The Racers dominated every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.350 and a turnover percentage of 15.5. For those same stats, the Governors were 0.071 and 17.9, respectively.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Austin Peay (21st in the country with an offensive efficiency of 111.4) takes on the top-notch defense of Murray State (46th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 93.9).
Murray State at Austin Peay Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Murray State, ATS Winner – Murray State, O/U – Under
The Governors rank 208th in three pointers attempted per game (20.1) while the Racers rank 252nd (18.3).
Austin Peay ranks 87th in steals per game (7.0) while Murray State ranks 93rd in steals allowed per game (6.2).
Murray State ranks 43rd in assists allowed per game (10.9) while Austin Peay ranks 211th (14.2).
The Governors rank 39th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Racers rank 135th (3.8).
Murray State ranks 11th in rebounds allowed per game (30.1) while Austin Peay ranks 57th (32.6).
The Governors’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.2, down from 5.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Racers have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (0.0 below their season average).