Belmont vs. Eastern Kentucky - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-11) at Belmont Bruins (12-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Curb Event Center)
The Line: Belmont Bruins -20 -- Over/Under: 155
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Belmont Bruins meet in college basketball action from Curb Event Center on Thursday.
Eastern Kentucky comes in here with a 6-11 record overall. The Colonels are 3-1 in their last four games, falling to JSU and otherwise beating Eastern IL, Tennessee Tech and SIU-Edwardsville.
In the win over the Cougars, Eastern Kentucky’s Jomaru Brown led the team on 20 points, and both Michael Moreno and Lachlan Anderson contributed 14 points apiece. That duo also combined for two assists and 17 rebounds.
Over on the Belmont side, they’re 12-5 this year. The Bruins are riding a three-game win streak right now, taking out Eastern Illinois, SEMO and Tennessee-Martin during that stretch.
In the win over the Skyhawks, Belmont’s lead scorers were Adam Kunkel with 19 points, and Grayson Murphy with 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Tyler Scanlon chipped in 14 points and six boards there as well.
The Bruins are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 Thursday games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 after an ATS loss. Belmont is 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 2-6 ATS in the last eight after a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, the Colonels are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 after an ATS win. EKU is 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and the over is 4-1 in their last five road games.
Eastern Kentucky has been pretty strong on the scoreboards lately, with at least 71 points in each of their last five games. The Colonels do play it pretty close on defense however, as they’ve given up at least 72 in each of their last three outings.
Belmont is a great scoring team this season, and they’ve logged at least 85 in each of their last three. If EKU isn’t on point, things could get out of hand here quickly. I’m going with Belmont on the cover.