Belmont vs. Eastern Kentucky - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Eastern Kentucky Colonels (17-16) at Belmont Bruins (24-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Belmont Bruins -13 -- Over/Under: 155 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (17-16, CONF 13-6) and Belmont Bruins (24-7, CONF 15-3) face off in the Ohio Valley Conference semifinals on Friday night at the Ford Center. Belmont beat Eastern Kentucky 83-70 earlier this season.
Belmont has dreams of playing in the NCAA tournament but if they want that to happen they can’t get tripped up in this game. Belmont’s defense isn’t terrible, but the real strength of this team is with the offense.
On the season Belmont is averaging 80.4 points per game which ranks 13th in all of basketball. Belmont is also shooting 48 percent from the floor and 35.9 percent from deep.
Belmont is led by Adam Kunkel who is averaging 16.6 points while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.
Eastern Kentucky is a strong offensive team but in their last game on Thursday they used their defense to advance.
After trailing at halftime to Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky’s defense locked down giving up only 20 points in the second half and that led to the victory and this matchup.
Overall this season Eastern Kentucky is averaging 75.4 points per game, but their defense has let them down giving up 75.9 points.
Against Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky used a balanced attack with three players scoring at least 10 points.
Eastern Kentucky is 10-3-1 against the spread in their last 14 games overall. Belmont is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games as a favorite. Belmont is 7-2 against the spread in their last games overall. The over is 9-4 in Eastern Kentucky's last 13 games as an underdog.
These are two teams who have been scoring a lot of points this season and there should be plenty of points scored in this game. Belmont is going to run up the score and play very little defense. Don't be shocked when Belmont drops 90 or 95 points and that will be enough to push this game over.