Belmont at Eastern Kentucky: 2/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Eastern Kentucky Colonels (19-6) vs Belmont Bruins (24-1)
Game Info: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 8:00 pm (McBrayer Arena)
Betting Odds: Eastern Kentucky Colonels +8 -- Over/Under: 160.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Belmont Bruins will travel to McBrayer Arena to take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonials this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Belmont Bruins won their 21st straight game and improved to 24-1 on the season after defeating the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 90-66, this past Saturday. Belmont was outstanding on the defensive end against Tennessee Tech and had no trouble cruising to victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 42-26 lead. Belmont shot 49.3% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc while Tennessee Tech shot 37.7% from the field and 21.1% from beyond the arc. Belmont outrebounded Tennessee Tech by a 45-37 margin and won the turnover battle by a 11-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bruins was Grayson Murphy who had 8 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, & 1 block.
On the season, Belmont is averaging 82.8 ppg on 50.7% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Belmont has been led by Nick Muszynski (15.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 bpg), Luke Smith (12.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.2 spg), Ben Sheppard (10.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), & Grayson Murphy (10.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.2 spg).
Defensively, Belmont is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 3.1.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels improved to 19-6 on the season after defeating the SE Missouri State RedHawks, 87-65, this past Monday. Eastern Kentucky was lights out on the offensive end against the SE Missouri State defense and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 39-26 lead. Eastern Kentucky shot 50.8% from the field and 60.9% from beyond the arc while SE Missouri State shot 38.2% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc. Eastern Kentucky outrebounded SE Missouri State by a 39-30 margin while each team committed 16 turnovers. Leading the way for the Colonels was Wendell Green Jr. who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 82.7 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Colonels are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Kentucky has been led by Tre King (15.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.3 bpg), Wendell Green Jr. (14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Curt Lewis (10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), & Michael Moreno (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Eastern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Colonels have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 6.2.
The Bruins are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Colonels are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win and 11-4-2 ATS in their last 17 home games.
Belmont is once again the team to beat in the OVC and easily defeated Eastern Kentucky at home earlier this season, however, it will be interesting to see how hard the Bruins come out to play in this one after clinching the OVC title this past weekend. Eastern Kentucky has a high-powered offense (ranked 9th in scoring offense) and does a great job forcing turnovers (3rd in turnover margin) and as I think they will be able to keep up with the Belmont offense in this one, I am taking Eastern Kentucky and the points. Good Luck!