Game Preview: Murray State Racers vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Jeff SmithCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2009

Murray State Racers (8-1) vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-2)

The Murray State Racers will tip off against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La., on Tuesday night.

These two teams last met on Feb. 21, 2009, with the Bulldogs coming away with a 69-60 victory in the ESPNU Bracket Buster game.

The Racers are riding an eight-game winning streak since last losing 75-70 in their first game of the season at No. 19 Cal.

They are coming off a 61-57 win over East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Ivan Aska led the Murray State with a double-double—17 points and 14 rebounds—and Danero Thomas added 12 points in the win.

Aska went 7-for-11 from the field.

MSU are the best in the OVC in scoring with 79.8 per game and scoring defense at 58.4 per game.

The Racers are also the best in blocked shots, steals, assists, and turnover margin, and have shot better than 50 percent in six of nine games this season.

Louisiana Tech’s Kyle Gibson scored 28 points, as the Bulldogs put the game away in the final minute of the second overtime to beat Centenary 102-96 on Saturday night.

Gibson, came in averaging 21 points per game and scored seven points in the final two minutes, including a three-point play that gave the Bulldogs a 96-94 lead.

Starting senior Magnum Rolle added 22 points and 11 rebounds, followed by DeAndre Brown with 18, Jamel Guyton with15, and Ashaolu with 10.

It was the Bulldogs' first win after their five-game wining streak was snapped with an 83-67 loss to Arizona on Dec. 5.

The odds makers have the Bulldogs at –2 -point favorites with a game total of 140.

The key for the Bulldogs in this one may be junior college transfer point guard DeAndre Brown.

Brown was brought in to stabilize the offense and be a playmaker, but so far he has averaged just 9.7 PPG, fourth best.

My prediction: the Bulldogs snap MSU’s streak and cover the spread.

Murray State Races Basketball Betting Trends

  • Murray State is 5-0 SU in its last five games
  • Murray State is 5-2 SU in its last seven games on the road

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Basketball Betting Trends

  • Louisiana Tech is 6-1 SU in its last seven games
  • Louisiana Tech is 5-0 SU in its last five games at home

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