San Francisco Dons vs Murray State Racers 3-17-22

San Francisco Dons vs Murray State Racers 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

San Francisco Dons vs Murray State Racers 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The number 10 ranked San Francisco Dons and the number 7 ranked Murray State Racers will meet for the first round of an East Region Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday, March 17 at 9:40 p.m. ET at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. 

 

The San Francisco Dons are fourth-place in the West Coast Conference at 10-6 and 24-9 overall.  The Murray State Racers are first-place and undefeated in 18 games in the Ohio Valley Conference and 30-2 overall.

 

The San Francisco Dons lost 71-81 in their WCC semifinal match against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.   San Francisco needed to overcome a 20-point deficit but failed to close the gap despite outscoring Gonzaga by 10 points in the second half.  Khalil Shabazz led in scoring with 27 points while Julian Rishwain contributed 20 points. 

 

San Francisco shot 38.1%, 20% behind Gonzaga.  They made 11 of 34 three-point shots and only 12 of 18 free throws.  San Francisco was edged in rebounding, 31-34, made 11 steals and forced Gonzaga to commit 13 turnovers.  After 33 games, San Francisco is averaging 77.1 ppg which is 45th in the league and their 38 rebounds is 78th. 

 

The team’s 13.1 assists per game is tied for 197th.  Jamaree Bouyea leads San Francisco in offense with 16.7 ppg, 4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.  Yauhen Massalski leads in defense with 9.4 rpg, 2.2 blocks, and in shooting at 59.6%.  

 

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San Francisco Dons vs Murray State Racers Predictions 3/17/2022

 

The Murray State Racers are the Ohio Valley Conference champion after defeating the defending champion Morehead State Eagles at 71-67.  This win marks their 20th consecutive victory.  Both teams posted 34 points at the half. 

 

Justice Hill’s late steal, drive and assist put Murray State up 65-61 and eventually the victory.  Hill is the tournament’s MVP and finished with 21 points.  Tevin Brown led in scoring with 23 points.  KJ Williams grabbed 10 rebounds. 

 

The Racers were only 38.1% in shooting, 10% less than Morehead.  They made 10 of 22 3-pointers and 13 of 19 free throws.  They outrebounded the Eagles, 47-31 but turned over the ball 11 times.  As a team, Murray is averaging 79.3 ppg which is top 19, 39.2 RPG which is 40th, and 14.7 assists per game which is tied for 74th in the league.

 

The Racers are led by KJ Williams with 18.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.5 steals, and in shooting at 54.4%.  Justice Hill leads with 5 assists and Tevin Brown leads with 0.6 blocks per game.    

 

#10 San Francisco Dons vs #7 Murray State Racers.  The NCAAB pick is the Murray State Racers.  The Murray State Racers have been impeccable this season, posting 20 consecutive wins and only 2 losses in the entire season. 

 

Murray averages only 2 more points per game compared to San Francisco, but the Racers only allow an average of 62.3 points from opponents versus 67 from the Racers.  The 7-point deficit will be enough for Murray to take the victory.  Take the Murray State Racers with a final score prediction of 72-77. 

 

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San Francisco Dons vs Murray State Racers 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:40 P.M. ET

 

Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

 

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

 

TV: CBS

 

NCAAB ODDS: Murray State Racers -2.5

 

NCAAB TOTALS: 137.0

 

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