Eastern Kentucky vs. Belmont - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Belmont Bruins (21-7) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (13-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McBrayer Arena)
The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels +9.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Belmont Bruins will travel to McBrayer Arena in Richmond, KY to take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels this Saturday in an OVC showdown, tipping off at 7:00 EST.
The Belmont Bruins are winners of 7 games in a row, improving to 21-7 (12-3 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 80-67, this past Thursday. Belmont opened up a 34-25 point lead at the half and after letting Morehead State pull within 3 in the second half, the Bruins rallied to a 77-61 lead with 2:54 left in regulation. Belmont shot 53.3% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc. Grayson Murphy’s near triple-double led the way for the Bruins. He had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals in the game.
On the season, Belmont is averaging 81.1 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Bruins are also netting 10.0 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from distance. Adam Kunkel (17.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), Nick Muszynski (15.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg) and Tyler Scanlon (12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Belmont this season.
Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Bruins are taking 7.5 steals per game leading to a turnover margin of 2.5 on the season.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels won their last contest and improved to 14-14 (11-4 OVC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee State Tigers, 83-62, this past Thursday. The Colonels came out firing, grabbing a 30-3 lead in the first 8 minutes of play. From there, Eastern Kentucky was able to coast to the victory, never having the lead dip below double digits for the remainder of the game. The Colonels shot 49.2% from the field and 28.6% from three-point range. Ty Taylor II led the way for Eastern Kentucky with 22 points, 5 rebounds and a steal.
On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 76.6 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Colonels are also averaging 8.3 three-pointers per season on 32.2% shooting from the field. Jomaru Brown (19.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg), Ty Taylor II (12.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Tre King (11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 spg) have been the leaders on offense for Eastern Kentucky this season.
Defensively, Eastern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 76.7 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Colonels are grabbing 9.4 steals per game leading to a turnover margin of 4.6.
Belmont is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games and 6-8 ATS at home this season. Eastern Kentucky is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games and 8-3 ATS at home this season.
The Bruins come into the game ranking 7th in the country in scoring offense. Belmont leads the country with 18.8 assists per game, leading to a 2nd place ranking in college basketball with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.59. Eastern Kentucky is 7th in the country in steals per game and their turnover margin is good for 10th in college basketball.
Belmont beat Eastern Kentucky by 29 at home in their first outing, but the Colonels play well at home (9-3 on the season). I expect this game to be much closer but Eastern Kentucky won’t be able to keep up offensively with the Bruins. I am laying the points with Belmont on the road in this one.