Middle Tennessee (7-1) vs. Murray State (6-1)
CFSB Center, Murray, Kentucky; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Eli Lawrence and Middle Tennessee will take on Tevin Brown and Murray State. The sophomore Lawrence is averaging 14.2 points over the last five games. Brown, a junior, has scored 23 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 16 over his last five games.
SAVVY SENIORS: Middle Tennessee’s Josh Jefferson, Donovan Sims and DeAndre Dishman have collectively scored 35 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 38 percent of all Blue Raiders scoring over the last five games.EFFICIENT ELI: Lawrence has connected on 34.1 percent of the 41 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 30 over the last five games. He’s also converted 68.4 percent of his foul shots this season.
STREAK STATS: Murray State has scored 95 points per game and allowed 65.7 over a three-game home winning streak.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Racers have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Blue Raiders. Murray State has an assist on 46 of 100 field goals (46 percent) across its past three contests while Middle Tennessee has assists on 39 of 93 field goals (41.9 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Murray State is ranked first among OVC teams with an average of 82 points per game.
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