Murray State vs San Francisco: 2022 NCAA Tournament East Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Belmont at Murray State
Feb 24, 2022; Murray, Kentucky, USA; Murray State Racers forward KJ Williams (0) waves to the crowd after a block shot against the Belmont Bruins during first half at CFSB Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 7 Murray State Racers vs. No. 10 San Francisco Dons

How to Watch:

  • Date: Thursday, March 17
  • Time: 9:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

No. 7 MUR STAT No. 10 SF
Ohio Valley Conference West Coast
30-2 Record 24-9
79.3 (19th) Points Per Game 77.1 (45th)
62.3 Points Allowed Per Game 67.0
0.6032 (21st) RPI 0.5997 (24th)
235th Strength of Schedule 79th
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Murray State leaders:

Feb 24, 2022; Murray, Kentucky, USA; Racers forward KJ Williams (0) and Belmont Bruins center Nick Muszynski (33) during first half at CFSB Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
  • KJ Williams, F, JR: 18.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 54.2% FG
  • Tevin Brown, G, JR: 16.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 38.9% 3PT

San Francisco leaders:

March 7, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dons guard Jamaree Bouyea (1) shoots the basketball against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) during the first half in the semifinals of the WCC Basketball Championships at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jamaree Bouyea, G, SR: 16.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.8 SPG
  • Yauhen Massalski, F, SR: 13.5 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 59.6% FG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • MUR Moneyline: -120
  • SF Moneyline: +100
  • Spread: MUR -1
  • Over/Under: 136.5
  • ATS Record: MUR 16-18-1, SF 13-18-1
  • Over/Under Record: MUR 12-17, SF 16-16

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The Pick:

  • It’s a shame these two schools are meeting in the first round because both have the profile to be a trendy Cinderella pick and make some noise in this tournament.
  • This is the Racers’ third trip to the NCAA tournament in the last five years which gives them the slight advantage in terms of experience, but the Dons have played the tougher schedule during the year, so they should be ready for a primetime showdown.
  • The Racers will want to slow the game down, ranking 246th in adjusted tempo, which suits their physical defense (40th in efficiency) and fundamentally-sound offense (35th). However, the Dons play at a faster pace, ranking 89th in adjusted tempo, but are still able to put the clamps down on defense, ranking 19th in adjusted efficiency, so this might be a bit of a defensive struggle.
  • The Racers will benefit from taking care of the ball a little better, averaging only 11.4 turnovers per game, compared to 12.9 a game for the Dons, a byproduct of their faster pace.
  • Adding to the incredibly close nature of this game is the fact that both teams are little back-to-back in three-point shooting percentage, which the Dons shooting 35.4% from beyond the arc (T-84th) and the racers shooting 35.3% (T-92nd). Whichever team is able to take care of the ball and get their long-range shots to fall should have the inside track here.

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