Marquette vs. Belmont - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Belmont Bruins (0-0) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
The Line: Marquette -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Belmont Bruins and Marquette Golden Eagles open their season Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Belmont Bruins look to keep things rolling under coach Rick Byrd after making the NCAA Tournament in four of the last five years. Craig Bradshaw returns after averaging 18.3 points and 3.1 assists while Evan Bradds is averaging 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. Taylor Barnette is the third double-digit scorer and Amanze Egekeze is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Belmont Bruins return their top three scorers, including Bradshaw, who is one of the top players in the Ohio Valley. Belmont is one of the top shooting teams in the country, knocking down 38 percent of threes and nearly 48 percent from the field last season. The Belmont Bruins have lost six of their last nine road games.
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The Marquette Golden Eagles enter their second season under Steve Wojciechowski after winning just 13 games last year. Duane Wilson will lead the Eagles after averaging 11.9 points and 2.1 assists while Luke Fischer averaged 11 points and 4.8 rebounds. Jajuan Johnson dished 1.8 assists and Sandy Cohen III grabbed 1.6 rebounds. The Marquette Golden Eagles lost a lot of depth and three starters from a team that lost six of their last eight games. The good news for Marquette is that freshman Henry Ellenson could be a stat machine at power forward and Haanif Cheatham is a top-100 recruit who will see a lot of playing time at shooting guard. Marquette has some big boy talent this season, but the youth and inexperience is a concern early on when capping this team.
The Bruins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Belmont may actually have more talent than Marquette and is capable of shooting its way to a victory. However, the Bruins have yet to prove they can win on the road, and the Golden Eagles will be far better than they were a season ago. I'll take the home team and the lay the buckets.