Game Time: 7:45 pm ET, Saturday, March 19, 2022
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Where to Watch: CBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Saint Peter’s +8, Murray State -8; Over/Under: 129.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Saint Peter’s +8, Murray State -8; Over/Under: 129.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Saint Peter’s +8, Murray State -8; Over/Under: 129.5 points
Saint Peter's Peacocks: 20-11 (2nd place, MAAC)
Murray State Racers: 31-2 (1st place, OVC)
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Saint Peter's Peacocks vs Murray State Racers Preview and Analysis
Saint Peter's Peacocks: 5-0 last 5
Murray State Racers: 5-0 last 5
Saint Peter's Peacocks Analysis
Saint Peter's is coming into this game with a 20-11 record overall and they are 4-0 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 9 of their last 10 games and are coming into this one on an 8 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Siena Saints while their last 5 wins came against the Fairfield Stags twice, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the Monmouth Hawks, and the Kentucky Wildcats in their last game. Daryl Banks III led the team in points in that game with 27 while Doug Edert was next on the team with 20 points. Hassan Drame and Matthew Lee both led the team in assists in that game with 4 each while Drame led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 50.9% from the field, 52.9% from 3-point range, and 85.7% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 67.5 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 62.3 PPG against them. Saint Peter's has an ATS record of 21-9 this season and their O/U record is 12-18.
Murray State Racers Analysis
Murray State is coming into this game with a 31-2 record overall and they are 5-1 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 28 of their last 29 games and are coming into this one on a 21 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Auburn Tigers while their last 5 wins came against the Belmont Bruins, the SEMO State Redhawks twice, the Morehead State Eagles, and the San Francisco Dons in their last game. KJ Williams and Trae Hannibal both led the team in points in that game with 18 while Tevin Brown was next on the team with 17 points. Justice Hill led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Jordan Skipper-Brown off the bench led the team in rebounds with 10. They were 48.4% from the field, 28.6% from 3-point range, and 68.6% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 79.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 63 PPG against them. Murray State has an ATS record of 17-12-1 this season and their O/U record is 13-17.
Saint Peter's vs Murray State Prediction
Saint Peter's is coming into this game as an 8 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Saint Peter's is going to have a lot of confidence coming into this game after pulling off the biggest upset in the tourney already as they took down the number 2 seed Kentucky as a number 15 seed. They played very well in that game, even coming back down 8 points with less than 4 minutes to go, but they forced it to OT and found a way to win the game by 6 points. They even walked off the court after that game like they had expected to win it with their demeanor afterward and they are not going to have the toughest challenge in this game either. They are going up against a Murray State team that is not as good as Kentucky is and Murray State struggled to even get out of round 1 as they had to go OT to win their game against San Francisco. Saint Peter's has been heating up recently and they have a chance to pull off another upset in this game. They may not pull off the upset here but they will definitely cover that large spread here and keep this a close game.
Saint Peter's Murray State Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Saturday, March 19, 2022 (7:45 pm ET start time) is Saint Peter’s 74 Murray State 68.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Saint Peter's Peacocks: 21-9 ATS in all games. 22-6 ATS as an underdog. 52-34 UNDER in all games.
Murray State Racers: 7-12 ATS after scoring 85 points or more. 10-5 UNDER after 9 or more consecutive wins. 14-8 UNDER after playing 2 consecutive games as favorite.
Saint Peter's Peacocks: None.
Murray State Racers: None.
"At the end of the day, every team that made it to the NCAA Tournament deserves to be here. Every team that made it to the NCAA Tournament believes they can advance. It's about this night." - Shaheen Holloway after his team upset the number 2 seed Kentucky in round 1.
“That game defined our team. That’s just who they are. They find ways to win. Their toughness and will to win is incredibly special. I’m proud of them for their fight. We battled some foul trouble. Battled some cramps. Different guys stepped up.” - Matt McMahon on his team’s win against San Francisco in round 1.
Saint Peter's Peacocks
Murray State Racers
Saint Peter's Peacocks
PPG: D. Banks III (11.2)
APG: M. Lee (3.1)
Reb/G: F. Drame (6.9)
Murray State Racers
PPG: K. Williams (18.2)
APG: J. Hill (5.1)
Reb/G: K. Williams (8.5)
Saint Peter's Peacocks: Shaheen Holloway (4th season)
Murray State Racers: Matt McMahon (7th season)