Tennessee Tech vs. Belmont - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee Tech vs. Belmont - 1/30/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Belmont Bruins (14-7) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (5-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Hooper Eblen Arena)

The Line: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +14.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Belmont Bruins and the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles meet in OVC college basketball action from the Hooper Eblen Center on Thursday night.

The Belmont Bruins will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 86-78 loss to Austin Peay last time out. Grayson Murphy led the Bruins with 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting with a team-high 10 assists and 5 rebounds for the double-double while Tyler Scanlon added 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 4 threes and 5 rebounds and Adam Kunkel added 13 points with 6 rebounds to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Belmont in defeat. Nick Muszynski added 8 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists as well in the losing effort. Kunkel leads Belmont in scoring with an average of 17 points per game while Murphy leads the Bruins in rebounding and assists with an average of 8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Belmont is averaging 81.1 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the 3-point line and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following an 80-74 loss to Eastern Kentucky last time out. Jr. Clay led the Golden Eagles with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 3 threes and 5 rebounds while Tujautae Williams, Keishawn Davidson and Amadou Sylla each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Tennessee Tech in the losing effort. Davidson had a team-high 4 assists while Williams shot 5 of 10 with 7 rebounds and Sylla had a team-high 8 rebounds. Clay leads Tennessee Tech in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game while Sylla leads the Golden Eagles in rebounding with 5.7 rebounds per game and Davidson leads the Golden Eagles in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee Tech is averaging 64.1 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field, 32.8% from behind the arc and 65.9% from the foul line this season.

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Belmont is 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Tennessee Tech is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games.

Large amounts of free points like these with Tennessee Tech are tempting as a home dog. However, the Golden Eagles haven’t been strong at home, losing in conference at home three times by double digits and all to teams that Belmont is as good as or even better than. The Bruins need to keep pushing on if they’re going to make a legitimate run in the OBV tournament, so I’ll lay the points with Belmont here in a statement win.

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