Betting on today’s Salukis and Racers game? Catch the action at CFSB Center in Murray, KY, as the Racers hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 135.5 points, and Murray State is favored by -3 vs. Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley conference matchup.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS VS MURRAY STATE RACERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Murray State Racers -3

This game will be played at CFSB Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE MURRAY STATE RACERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Racers.
  • Not only will Murray State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Salukis Defense Show Up on the Road?

After a win over Valparaiso, Southern Illinois is 13-7 overall and 5-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play. On the road, the Salukis are 3-3 this season, and their average scoring margin is +1.5 points per game.

As an underdog, Southern Illinois is 1-6 this season. So far, they have been the underdog in seven of their 20 games.

As the underdog, Southern Illinois has gone 4-3 against the spread this season and they are 13-6 overall. On the road, the Salukis have an ATS mark of 4-2 and they have gone 5-5 ATS in their last 10 road games. Their ATS record as the underdog is 4-6 in their last 10 games.

This season, the over/under record in Southern Illinois games is 11-8, and today’s over/under line of 135.5 is very close to the average over/under line in their games this year (136.5). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 133 points.

In their recent game, the Salukis’ offense concluded with 75 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73 points per contest. In terms of three-point shooting, the Salukis offense has been good from outside, hitting 37% of their three-pointers on an average of 21.9 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.

This season, the Southern Illinois defense has been impressive, holding the 32nd position in the country while permitting an average of 64.8 points per contest. Against Valparaiso in their most recent game, the Southern Illinois defense gave up a total of 69 points while allowing Valparaiso to hit 47% of their shots.

Do the Racers Have What it Takes at Home?

After losing their last two games, Murray State will look to get back on track as they host Southern Illinois. So far this season, the Racers have gone 4-6 at home, and they are 3-5 when favored.

Over their last 10 games at home, the Racers have gone 4-6, and they are coming off a 71-63 loss to Bradley. This season, Murray State has gone 5-4 against Missouri Valley opponents.

Overall, Murray State has an ATS record of 9-10 this season. At home, they are just 3-7 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Racers have gone just 3-7 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, they are 1-2 ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Murray State’s games this season (143.4). This year, 18 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points. So far, their over/under record for the season is 8-11.

Compared to their season average of 71.6 points per game, Murray State struggled in their previous game. Against Bradley, the Racers scored 63 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 43.6%. In terms of offense, the Racers have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 233rd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 258th in percentage and 226th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Racers’ defense is ranked 107th in the country at 69.8 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Bradley, the Braves finished with a field goal percentage of 50% and a total of 71 points vs. Murray State.