San Francisco vs. Murray State Prediction
The San Francisco Dons will look to pull off the small upset on Thursday night in the opening round of the March Madness tournament when they take on the Murray State Racers at 9:40 p.m. ET. Which side will advance in this Men’s NCAA Tournament matchup?
731 San Francisco Dons (+2) vs. 732 Murray State Racers (-2); o/u 137
9:40 p.m. ET, Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
San Francisco Dons DFS Snapshot
Yauhen Massalski (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's first round NCAA Tournament matchup against Murray State, Kevin Sweeney of SI.com reports. This is a brutal break for San Francisco. Massalski was expected to be available for the NCAA Tournament after being held out of the WCC Tournament semifinal matchup against Gonzaga, but re-injured his knee in practice on Monday. Massalski was a first-team All-WCC selection this season averaged averaging 13.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. This will certainly make the job quite more difficult for San Francisco to knock off a Murray State team that has lost two games all season.
Murray State Racers DFS Snapshot
KJ Williams racked up 29 points (10-16 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 10 rebounds and one steal over 31 minutes during Friday's 88-74 win over Southeast Missouri State. It's been an outstanding seven-game stretch for the Murray State center, who has put up 26.1 points and 8.1 rebounds on his way to securing a spot in the OVC final. Williams and the Racers will now take on Morehead State, though the nationally-ranked Racers are headed to the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome here.
March Madness Betting Prediction
The Dons are 3-7-1 against the spread in their last 11 games as an underdog, are 3-14 against the number in their last 17 games following an ATS win and are just 2-5 at the window in their last seven neutral site games. On the other side, the Racers are 8-2-1 against the spread in their last 11 games following an ATS loss, are 4-1 against the number in their last five games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600 and have covered in four of their last five games versus a team with a winning record.
MARCH MADNESS BETTING PREDICTION: MURRAY STATE RACERS -2