NCAA Tournament Round Two Betting: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Murray State Racers Pick, Prediction, and Odds
The Murray State Racers and Marquette Golden Eagles put to rest any hype of a potential first round upset on either of them happening on Thursday. Murray State was the first game to tip off of the entire 2012 NCAA Tournament, and they made quite a few people's jaws drop with an impressive 17 point victory over the Colorado State Rams. Marquette was equally impressive as well, putting up a 20 point win over one of the play-in teams in 14th seeded BYU. Marquette enters this game as the 3rd seed in the West region, while Murray State is the 6th seed. If there's one thing that the Racers were out to prove to start off the tournament, it's that their 30-1 overall record this year was no joke, and they are hoping to notch another big win on Saturday in their second round match-up against the Golden Eagles.
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Marquette obviously knows about big games, as they had an incredibly impressive 14-4 conference record in the Big East, which was second to only the Syracuse Orange. It's always tough betting against two teams who are going into the second round after huge blowouts against their first opponents, but this should make for an incredible match-up between two strong teams. Whoever wins this game definitely has a shot to make a serious deep run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Marquette Golden Eagles: -5
- Murray State Racers: +5
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» Free Prediction
After watching both of these teams play, the one thing that I can guarantee is that you are going to be looking at a fast paced, all around fun game with some strong offense. Both teams have some excellent rebounders and defenders as well, so make sure you're tuned in. For me though, this comes down to the Racers, who even though they have a 30-1 record, are still flying under the radar. How a team with 30 wins can be flying under the radar is shocking to me, but I think that they are going to surprise quite a few people by knocking off this Marquette team. Watch out for Isaiah Canaan on the Racers, who led the way for them in round one.
Prediction: Murray State Racers- 65 Marquette Golden Eagles- 64
» Free Pick
I'm blown away at this line. While I expected the Golden Eagles to be favorites, I really didn't expect it to be more than about -2 or -3 at most. I love taking the Racers at +5 right now, and I think that they will be able to get this cover. On top of that though, I'll be taking them straight up. The safe bet is taking the Racers with the points, but don't overlook them straight!
Pick: Murray State Racers +5
BONUS Pick: Murray State Racers STRAIGHT