Belmont vs Murray State Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/28/24

Murray State (12-17) vs Belmont (17-12)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 8:00 pm (CFSB Center)

Betting Odds: Murray State -1.5 - Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Murray State Racers will host the Belmont Bruins for a MVC matchup this Wednesday from the CFSB Center on ESPN+ Belmont leads the head-to-head series, 14-8, but Murray State enters as 1.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 149.5. Stay tuned for our Belmont vs Murray State Prediction. 

Belmont Bruins Preview

Belmont enters at 17-12 after defeating Missouri State in Nashville, 93-78. The Bruins used an offensive showcase to beat the Bears, and they’ll look to complete the season sweep of the Racers this Wednesday. Belmont is scoring 77.7 points per game, on 47.7% shooting, while allowing 78.5 ppg, and they’re currently 6th in the MVC with a 10-8 record in league play.

Belmont’s Impact Players

  • Vandy transfer Malik Dia poured in a season-best 32 points in last month’s home win over Drake, and he leads Belmont in scoring (17.4), while grabbing 5.7 rpg.
  • Greenville native Ja’Kobi Gillespie led the way with 26 points in the win over SIU, and he’s up to 17.2 ppg and a team-leading 4.3 apg. 
  • Sophomore swingman Cade Tyson has grabbed seven boards or more in four straight games, and he’s now first on the Bruins in rebounding (5.7), while scoring 16.6 ppg. 

Murray State Racers Preview

Murray State moved to 13-17 after losing to Valparaiso at home, 80-68. The Racers flipped the script in the second half on the Beacons, and they’ll now seek a fourth straight home victory. Murray St. is scoring 70.4 points per game, on 44.6% shooting, while allowing 74.6 ppg, while allowing 67.8 ppg, and they’re currently 7th in the MVC with a 9-9 record in league play.

Murray State’s Impact Players

  • Junior guard Jacobi Wood recorded a team-high 24 points in the Valpo victory, and he now leads the Racers in scoring (12.9) and assists (4.3). 
  • Senior guard Quincy Anderson has reached 15 points or more in five of the last six games, and he’s averaging 12.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg. 
  • St. Louis native Nick Ellington posted a double-double in the win over Valparaiso, and he leads Murray State in rebounding (6.3), while scoring 12.0 ppg. 

Belmont vs Murray State Team Stats

  • Belmont is scoring 77.8 points per game, on 47.4% shooting, and allowing 67.4 ppg.
  • The Bruins are averaging 73.3 possessions per game (60th), while shooting 37.0% from deep, and 73.1% from the stripe. 
  • Murray St. has scored 71.0 points per game, on 45.4% shooting, and they’ve allowed 73.6 ppg.
  • The Racers are averaging 67.0 possessions per game (335th), while shooting 32.8% from the outside, and 69.8% from the line. 

Belmont vs Murray State Game Facts

  • BEL is 14-11 against the spread, with a 9-15-1 O/U record
  • MUR is 13-12-1 ATS, with a 14-11-1 over/under record.

Belmont vs Murray State Prediction

While I like the offensive upside Belmont presents, they will be facing Murray State on Senior Night, and we should see a motivated effort from the hosts. The Racers have taken their fair share of blows this season in conference play, but with this being this veteran group’s last chance to play in front of their home crowd, I like swaying their way in what should be a good matchup. Back Murray State for this clash in the Missouri Valley.

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