Murray State Racers vs. Belmont Bruins - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Belmont Bruins (10-6) at Murray State Racers (13-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm (CFSB Center)
The Line: Murray State Racers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The CFSB Center will be rocking when their Murray State Racers clash with OVC heavyweight the Belmont Bruins.
The Belmont Bruins are impressive enough with a 10-6 record but they don't seem to be as fearsome as in prior seasons. The Bruins have an offense that is capable of lighting up the scoreboard but their issues are at the defensive end where the opposition has had no problem scoring the basketball. That was the case Saturday in an 84-73 defeat at Eastern Illinois where the Panthers were up 13 points at the break andd held serve over the final 20 minutes. EIU burned the nets at over 59% while the Bruins racked up 26 more attempts which still fell short thanks to 37.5% accuracy. Evan Bradds gave the offense 16 points and eight rebounds on 7-10 shooting with Taylor Barnette adding 15 points. Reece Chamberlain followed with 14 points and five pulls and five helpers while Craig Bradshaw netted nine points and posted five assists.
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The goal for the Murray State Racers is to stay red hot and if they do that a top 25 ranking might be n the not so distant future. The Racers possess a top 25 offense that racks up 78 points which makes the 66 points given up on defense golden. Both ends of the floor were dominant in an 84-57 rout of Jacksonville State who were unbeaten at home. The Gamecocks were unable to find the shooting touch at 31.7% while the Racers fired away at almost 54% including a 20-27 perfomance from the charity stripe. Murray State led by 13 going to the locker room and pressed the issue until the fnal horn. Jarvis Williams led the scoring explosion with 25 points and eleven rebounds followed by Cameron Payne's 21 point, five assist effort while Jeffery Moss added 15 and Jonathan Fairell eight with eleven boards.
The Bruins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Belmont are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Ohio Valley. The Racers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Murray State are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win of more than 20 points and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 vs. Ohio Valley. This seems like a huge number in this match up but I think the Racers are looking like the best in the OVC...