Morehead State vs. Belmont - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Belmont Bruins (20-7) at Morehead State Eagles (12-15)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Ellis T Johnson Arena)
The Line: Morehead State Eagles +10.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Belmont Bruins will travel to Ellis T. Johnson Arena to take on the Morehead State Eagles this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Belmont Bruins won their 6th straight game and improved to 20-7 (11-3 OVC) on the season after defeating the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 101-84, this past Saturday. Belmont was outstanding offensively against the Gamecocks and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 79-67 lead with 8:33 left in regulation. Belmont shot 56.3% from the field and committed just 5 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bruins was Adam Kunkel who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Belmont is averaging 81.1 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Belmont has been led by Adam Kunkel (17.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), Nick Muszynski (15.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Grayson Murphy (9.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6.2 apg, 2.6 spg).
Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
The Morehead State Eagles lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 12-15 (6-8 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Murray State Racers, 85-57, this past Saturday. Morehead State was dominated on both ends of the court against the Racers and couldn’t fight back into the game after entering halftime trailing by a 45-32 margin. Morehead State allowed Murray State to shoot 52.7% from the field while the Eagles shot just 33.9% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Eagles was Tyzhaun Claude who had 13 points and 8 rebounds.
On the season, Morehead State is averaging 69.4 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 29.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (12.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Djimon Henson (10.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Justin Thomas (9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.2 spg).
Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 69.5 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
The Bruins are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games against Morehead State. The Eagles are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games and are 7-5 ATS at home on the season.
Belmont comes into this game led by their offense that currently ranks 7th in scoring offense, 18th in FG%, and 11th in three-pointers made per game.
Morehead State comes into this match-up ranked 230th in scoring offense, 204th in FG%, and T-180th in scoring defense.
Morehead State is a solid 10-3 at home this season, including 4-2 in OVC play, however, the Eagles really haven’t play anyone that difficult as those 4 wins have all come against teams that are in the bottom half of the OVC conference. Belmont has been incredible as of late with wins against both Murray State and Austin Peay, and as I think their offense will be able to have similar success that we saw Murray State have against the Eagles on Saturday, I’m taking Belmont to cover this double-digit road spread.