Looking to win big? The Flames and Racers face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Racers are hosting the game at CFSB Center in Murray, KY. This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 140 points, and the Racers are favored to win at home vs. the Flames.


The Pick: Murray State Racers -2.5

This game will be played at CFSB Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Racers.
  • Not only will Murray State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Flames Stand a Chance on the Road?

After playing 13 games, UIC currently has a record of 7-6. Looking at their past ten road games, UIC has a record of 4-6, going back to last year. Heading into today's game, UIC holds an 8-4 ATS record. So far this season, they are 5-1 ATS on the road and 3-3 ATS at home.

In 13 games, UIC comes in with an over/under mark of 4-8-0, with their games averaging 132.8 points per game. The Flames' last five games have culminated with an average of 128 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

In their recent matchup, the UIC offense ended with 50 points against Southern Illinois. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 34.5% and made 5 threes. For the season, the UIC offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 339th in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 45%.

The Flames' defense is presently ranked 22nd nationally, allowing an average of 62.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.4 threes per game vs. Murray State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 23.6%.

Can Murray State Live Up to the Hype at Home?

Murray State currently holds a 4-9 record after defeating Middle Tennessee by a score of 75-54. If they win their next game, they will have a .500 home record, as they are currently 3-4 at home. Murray State has a subpar ATS performance, sitting below .500 with a 4-8 record. On the road vs. the spread, the Racers are 2-3, while at home they are 2-5.

Through 13 games, Murray State has an over/under record of 7-5-0 with their games averaging a combined 143.3 points per game so far. In the Racers' last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 142 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-3.

The Murray State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 75 points vs. Middle Tennessee. Overall their field goal percentage was 43.3% while connecting on 8 threes. Jacobi Wood led the scoring for the Racers, contributing 18 points. Additionally, Nick Ellington chipped in with 17 points.

At present, the Racers' defense is nationally ranked 170th, allowing 72.2 points per game. The Murray State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 54 points and allowed Middle Tennessee to connect on 8 threes.