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UMass vs Murray State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Nov. 18 (Racers Race to Success at Myrtle Beach Invitational)

Devon Platana
UMass vs. Murray State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
UMass vs. Murray State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
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UMass vs Murray State Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
UMass Minutemen (2-1) vs. Murray State Racers (2-1)
Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Venue: The HTC Center — Conway, SC
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Friday, Nov. 18 with another slate of games, including another Myrtle Beach Invitational matchup between the UMass Minutemen and Murray State Racers.

UMass kicked off the tournament with a hard-fought 66-63 victory over Colorado on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Murray State pulled off a major 88-79 win against No. 24 Texas A&M less than 24 hours ago, making tonight's Myrtle Beach Invitational showdown some must-see TV.

Can UMass step up with another big win? Or will Murray State ride the momentum from last night's upset to victory?

UMass vs Murray State Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: MASS: (-134) | MUR: (+112)
Spread: MASS: -2.5 (-104) | MUR: +2.5 (-118)
Total: 148.5 —Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

UMass enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 2:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 148.5 points, which is higher than most of Friday's projected totals.

UMass vs Murray State Prediction & Pick

Though UMass won last night, the victory was far from flawless. The Minutemen coughed up the ball 18 times compared to Colorado's 13 turnovers and were also outrebounded in the paint. UMass is now averaging 14.0 giveaways per game and could be in trouble against a Murray State team that can take advantage of mistakes.

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Another thing that gives Murray State an advantage is its three-point shooting. In addition to 8.5 threes (T-No. 86) on a 38.6% success rate (T-No. 59), the Racers enter this matchup having gone 10-of-22 (45.5%) from beyond the arc against the Aggies. Considering how UMass only shot 27.3% from range against the Buffaloes, things could get out of hand if Murray State sinks its shots early on.

Riding the momentum from beating a ranked school, give me Murray State getting the win tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Murray State: 79 | UMass: 74

UMass vs Murray State Betting Trends

- UMass is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- Murray State is 22-2 straight up in its last 24 games.
- The total has hit the over in nine of UMass' last 12 games.
- The total has hit the over in each of Murray State's last five games.

UMass vs Murray State Best Bet

Again, I'm going with Murray State winning this game due to its upset over Texas A&M. The Racers looked much better on Thursday night than the Minutemen did, leading to my belief that UMass has its work cut out tonight. To get the most value out of a Murray State win, I'm taking this team on the moneyline.

Bet: Murray State ML (+112)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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