What a first round, huh! Saint Peter’s becomes only the 10th ever 15-seed to pull off a first round upset and their first tournament win in program history. The Saint Peter’s win is another reason why March Madness is revered as one of the best sports tournaments of the world, as any team can win on any given night.
The Peacocks’ win against Kentucky shocked the nation as the Wildcats were one of the favorites to win this year’s championship.
The most impressive part of Saint Peter’s win is that they actually outplayed Kentucky. It wasn’t a lucky 3-point shooting percentage or an amazing performance by one player but a complete team effort and fantastic coaching job.
Murray State and San Francisco arguably played the tournament’s best game so far, just as we predicted. An overtime classic with the Racers prevailing despite a fantastic performance from Jamaree Bouyea, who scored 36 points for the Dons.
Murray State and Saint Peter’s battle for a trip to the Sweet 16, so let’s dive in.
Murray State vs Saint Peter’s Odds
Murray State vs Saint Peter’s CBB gameday odds are provided by Caesars and are current as of Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline: Saint Peter’s (+320) vs Murray State (-420)
- Spread: Saint Peter’s +8.5 (-110) vs Murray State -8.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 130 (-110) / Under 130 (-110)
- Implied Score: Murray State 69.25, Saint Peter’s 60.75
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Murray State vs Saint Peter’s Prediction
Murray State should send a thank you card to Saint Peter’s for eliminating Kentucky before this matchup. This is their best chance to secure their first Sweet 16 appearance in program history.
Murray State will control this game from the start and put this game away in fashion in the second half. The Racers struggled to shoot the ball in the first half against San Francisco and only trailed by one at the half.
Hopefully, Racers guard Carter Collins can play after being ruled out early in the first round game with an ankle injury. Murray State is too deep and can beat you many different ways, and will be a legitimate threat to make a run in this year’s March classic.
Back the Racers to win this game and win over the hearts of neutral fans across the country with their exciting offense.
Murray State vs Saint Peter’s Score Pick
Murray State 73, Saint Peter’s 60
If Saint Peter’s tries to double-team anyone on Murray State, the Racers have numerous guys that can score at will. The Peacocks cannot match up well against them one-on-one, and it will be too much offense for them to contain.
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Murray State vs Saint Peter’s Best Bets
Murray State -8.5 (-110) at Caesars
Wager: 1 Unit
Murray State is going to roll into the Sweet 16. After a lackluster shooting performance against San Francisco, they will find their groove in the matchup against Saint Peter’s.
The Racers only shot 68.6 percent from the free throw line in the first round but showed no fear of attacking the rim and forcing contact under the basket.
Over 130 Total Points (-110) at Caesars
Wager: 1 Unit
As mentioned above, Murray State will be able to score at will against this Saint Peter’s team. In addition, both teams are outside the Top 30 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency, so I see a lot of points in this contest.
Take the Over and enjoy another exciting game between a couple of underdogs in this tournament.