It has been a magical season for the Murray State Racers thus far, however they will face probably their toughest test of the season today as they square off against the Marquette Gold Eagles in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. For complete and up to date betting lines on all sports including the tournament games check out Top Bet sportsbook.
Marquette comes into today’s game off a thrashing of the BYU Cougars by a score of 88-68 on Thursday. The Cougars were completely outmanned vs. the higher seeded Golden Eagles who got out to a commanding lead early and never really looked back. Marquette was up 49-34 at the half and just put it in cruise control in the second half en route to the win. Big East player of the year Jae Crowder led Marquette with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Marquette’s other superstar, Darius Johnson-Odom was also spectacular in the win scoring 20 points.
Having flown under the radar for most of the season even though they were in the top 25 for most of it the Golden Eagles come into today’s game having just one loss on the entire season. The Racers were able to handle Colorado State on Thursday even though being down at half by a score of 24-23. The second half is when the Racers really took control and outscored the stunned Rams 35-17 in the final half. They were led by Isaiah Cannan who had a solid night posting 15 points along with 7 rebounds.
As with any game in the tournament this one will come down to matchups and who ever can exploit them the most will likely win the game. The matchup that worries me is how the Racers are going to handle Jae Crowder. He is a matchup problem for every team Marquette has played this year and the case will be the same for Murray St. who seem to have no answer for him. As a team Marquette is probably to big and physical for the Racers, a team that has been fun watching all year long. Unfortunately we see their run coming to an end today at the hands of Marquette. Take Marquette even with the points and we do not think you will be disappointed when you bet at the online sportsbooks.