Racers vs. Seminoles Prediction
The 12th-seeded Murray State Racers drew the nation's attention with an impressive first round win in the NCAA Tournament. Is Murray State a good bet again today as the underdogs against the fourth-seeded Florida State Seminoles?
Saturday, March 23, 2019
XL Center at 6:10PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Seminoles are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 148.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 64 percent of public bets are coming in on Murray State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Morant goes for triple-double
Murray State star point guard Ja Morant notched the ninth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history in an 83-64 first round victory over Marquette. Murray State outscored the Golden Eagles 41-29 in the second half to pull away. Murray State shot 30-of-56 from the field, 9-of-18 from 3-point distance plus 14-of-24 at the free throw line. Tevin Brown scored a team-best 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting including 5-of-9 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line in the winning effort. He also pulled down six rebounds. Morant notched his triple-double with about 4:30 remaining and finished with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 boards. K.J. Williams accounted for 16 points and four rebounds. Shaq Buchanan added 14 points, six caroms, three steals and two assists.
Seminoles hold off Catamounts
Florida State earned a 76-69 win over Vermont Thursday in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the round of 32. The Seminoles (28-7) outscored the Catamounts 49-42 in the second half after it went into halftime tied at 27-27. Mfiondu Kabengele paced FSU with 21 points off the bench on 6-of-13 shooting plus 9-of-12 at the charity stripe. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Terance Mann added 19 points and eight boards. The Seminoles shot 21-of-55 from the field, 3-of-12 from 3-point distance and 31-of-37 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Racers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Murray State is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 non-conference games.
The Seminoles are 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. Florida State is 3-1-1 ATS in its last five NCAA Tournament games.
The Racers have the look and feel of a team that is going to continue to bust some brackets. They play with a ton of confidence in large part due to their on-court general in Morant. While FSU managed to get past its first round matchup with Vermont, it wasn't easy and now face a much stiffer challenge in Murray State. In Ja we trust. I don't know if I'll predict Morant will go for another triple-double against a stingy defense, but I like the Racers to find a way to keep this one close to the distance. Go with MSU to cover.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MURRAY STATE RACERS +4.5