Belmont Bruins vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 11/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-0) at Belmont Bruins (1-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Curb Event Center)
The Line: Belmont Bruins -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to play the Belmont Bruins in a non-conference game on Wednesday.
The Belmont Bruins are 1-1 and are coming off of a loss to Arizona State by a score of 83-74. Belmont was within one point late in the second half before Arizona State pulled away. Austin Luke led the way for Belmont in this one with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Craig Bradshaw added 12 points as well. A big key in this game was Belmont getting out rebounded by a total of 45-31 by Arizona State. Belmont is averaging 78.5 points per game while giving up 82.5 points against this season. Belmont is also averaging 18 assists per game and 33 rebounds per game. Evan Bradds had led Belmont this year with 17.5 points per game and 7 rebounds per game. Belmont is shooting 70.7% on free throws, 30.8% on three-pointers, and 41.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 1-0 and are coming off of a win against Campbellsville by a score of 99-77. After being up ten points at the half, Western Kentucky went on a 20-6 run to start the second half which blew the game open for the Hilltoppers. Nigel Snipes led the offense for Western Kentucky with 24 points. Fredrick Edmond had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in this one. Justin Johnson led the Hilltoppers in rebounding with 15 rebounds. Western Kentucky shot 76.9% on free throws, 32.1% on three-pointers, and 48.8% on field goal attempts. Western Kentucky out rebounded their opponent by a total of 54-30 and had 20 assists in their victory.
Western Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Western Kentucky is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against the OVC. The over is 9-4 in Western Kentucky’s last 13 games against the OVC. Belmont is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Belmont’s last 6 non-conference games.
Belmont is a good team that has made the NCAA tournament in 4 out of the last 5 seasons. With that experience, I am expecting Belmont to rebound nicely after their loss and get a comfortable win in this one.