The Murray State Racers (2-1) will be at home in the CFSB Center when they meet the Southern Illinois Salukis (2-3). Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
Southern Illinois Salukis at Murray State Racers ATS Preview
In the Salukis’ last matchup, they lost to the San Francisco Dons, 76-60. Southern Illinois’ Aaron Cook put together a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. San Francisco had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (43.8 vs. 16.7). Southern Illinois, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.229 (above their season average of 0.166).
The Racers hope to maintain momentum after dismantling the Brescia Bearcats in their last matchup, 114-48. Murray State received a boost from Chico Carter Jr., who was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Murray State dominated every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 37.9 and a free throw rate of 0.364. Brescia was 8.2 and 0.127, respectively, for those same stats.
The productive offense of Murray State will clash against the mid-tier defense of Southern Illinois. Since the 2018-19 season, the Racers rank sixth in offensive efficiency, while the Salukis are 119th in defensive efficiency. The Racers figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.
The Racers won the only contest against the Salukis last season, 80-52. The Racers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.570 and a turnover percentage of 14.1. The Salukis had marks of 0.343 and 20.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Southern Illinois Salukis at Murray State Racers Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Murray State, ATS Winner – Murray State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Salukis average 3.8 blocks per game, which ranks 98th in the country. The Racers rank 209th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Murray State ranks 59th in steals per game (7.4) while Southern Illinois ranks 140th in steals allowed per game (6.2).
Murray State ranks 40th in rebounds per game (38.5) while Southern Illinois ranks 274th (33.4).
The Racers rank fifth in assists per game (18.1) while the Salukis rank 145th (13.6).
Murray State ranks 185th in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while Southern Illinois ranks 300th (18.3).