The Morehead State Eagles (23-10) face the No. 22 Murray State Racers (29-2) Saturday in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game. Tip-off from Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Below, we look at the Morehead State vs. Murray State odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
The third-seeded Eagles ousted No. 2 seed Belmont 53-51 in a mild upset Friday to get into position for a shot at the OVC’s automatic berth. Morehead State, which finished third in the conference at 13-5, lost both regular-season games to Murray State, but the Eagles played the Racers tough in a 57-53 loss at Morehead Feb. 12.
The Racers, who completed a perfect OVC regular season at 18-0, could still be in line for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid should they falter Saturday. Murray State enters on a 19-game win streak since a loss at then-No. 12 Auburn Dec. 22.
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Morehead State vs. Murray State odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Morehead State +250 (bet $100 to win $250) | Murray State -320 (bet $320 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Morehead State +7.5 (-120) | Murray State -7.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 129.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Morehead State vs. Murray State odds, lines, picks and predictions
Murray State 76, Morehead State 65
Murray State (-320) swept the regular-season series, including an 11-point win at home Jan. 29 and a 57-53 road win Feb. 12. Still, it’s not wise to risk a -320 ML wager for such a small return.
PASS, and look to the spread.
Against the spread
MURRAY STATE -7.5 (-105) covered both of the regular-season meetings. The Racers just missed the cover by a half-point Saturday in their 88-74 win over SE Missouri State. The Racers have covered five of the past seven games in this series, and Murray State will bounce Morehead State in this one and secure the automatic bid.
The OVER 129.5 (-108) is the way to go here.
While the Under has cashed in the past two games for Morehead State, the Over went 3-0 in its final three games of the regular season while splitting 1-1 in two games with Murray State.
The Over cashed for the Racers in the semifinals against SE Missouri State, and will hit again in this one, as the Racers flex a little muscle.
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