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NCAAB Pick Murray State Racers vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Betting Odds

The 1st seed Old Dominion Monarchs host the 3rd seed Murray State Racers in a Region 4 NIT quarterfinal match up on Wednesday, March 25th 2015. Tip off for the game at the Ted Constant Center is set for 7:00 PM.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Old Dominion -1.5
Over/Under Total Line: 138.5

In their last NIT games Murray State beat Tulsa 83-62 crushing the -3 point line that Racer backers had to lay. The win was their second consecutive and 27th in their last 28 games. The ATS win was their third in the last 5 games, but only their 6th in their last 15.

Old Dominion snuck by Illinois State 50-49 failing to get the point spread cover as a 4.5 point betting favorite. The win was the Monarchs 8th in their last 9 games and the spread loss was their third in a row after stringing together six straight covers.

The Racers use offense to get it done scoring a 8th ranked 79.3 points per game. The Monarchs rely on a suffocating defense to lead them to victory with the No. 8 ranked scoring defense.

These two teams have two recent meetings although the latest was back in 2013 when ODU got the 70-60 win with the 10-point margin easily covering the -3.5 odds. Prior to that they met in 2012 with Murray State getting victory 79-72 but not the ATS win as a prohibitive -13 point favorite.

Here’s some additional handicapping information to ponder.

Old Dominion is undefeated at home this season and overall they have won 8 of their last 9 games.

Murray State had won 26 straight games before being upset by Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament final.

Murray State ranks 11th in the nation in points per game and 15th in team field goal percentage.

When Murray State lost to Belmont in the Ohio Valley title game they were the 25th ranked teams in the nation. Old Dominion won their only game of the season facing a ranked team beating VCU.

Murray State won the Ohio Valley regular season title going undefeated in conference play.

This season Old Dominion is 19-0 at home and Murray State is 12-1 on the road.

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SU and ATS Records

Murray State Racers: 29-5 SU / 15-14-1 ATS
Old Dominion Monarchs: 26-7 SU / 16-14 ATS

Betting Trends

• MSU is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games.
• MSU is 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
• MSU has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
• OD is 17-8 ATS in their last 25 home games.
• OD is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• OD has an Under record of 5-0 in their last 5 games.

Sagarin Rankings

Murray State Racers: 82.42
Old Dominion Monarchs: 80.86

Injury Report

MURRAY STATE

NONE

OLD DOMINION

(!)[G] 03/24/2015 – Trey Freeman probable Wednesday vs. Murray State ( Ankle )

NCAAB Pick

The Monarchs haven’t been the best point spread bet in recent games, winning their last 3 but failing to get the money in all 3 of the games. That won’t be the case tonight with the 1 point line on the game. ODU has won all 19 games at home this season and while the narrow victory over a fast improving Illinois State may not impress some remember this team knocked off Wichita State before dropping the conference final to Northern Iowa. Last time I looked both of those teams were still in the dance.

Take the Old Dominion Monarchs -1‏

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