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Wednesday’s NCAAB Betting Previews: LSU-Houston, Murray State-Southern Illinois

Dec 12, 2018 6:25 PM EST

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We’re left without an elite team on the docket for the third consecutive day, but don’t fret. There’s a sneaky good matchup with LSU-Houston, along with Murray State-Southern Illinois in a battle of mid-majors vying for the NCAA tournament.

Which sides deliver more value? Let’s breakdown the games.

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Murray State Racers at Southern Illinois Salukis

  • Spread: Southern Illinois -3
  • Over/under: 135
  • Tip: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN+

Southern Illinois (7-3 against the spread) took down Saint Louis — another mid-major contender — on last Tuesday, but Murray State (5-0 ATS) presents a more difficult defensive challenge via the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Ja Morant (24.2 points per game).

The sophomore point guard owns the highest assist rate (53.6%) in college basketball, and Southern Illinois doesn’t present a defender who matches up well with his athleticism and quickness. Morant’s prowess for creating in the lane has helped boost Murray State to the 11th-highest 2-point percentage in the country (58.2%).

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