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SIU Edwardsville vs. Belmont - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Belmont Bruins (9-6) at SIU Edwardsville Cougars (3-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Vadalabene Center)

The Line: SIU Edwardsville Cougars +10 -- Over/Under: 158.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: American Sports Network

The Belmont Bruins will travel to the Vadalabene Center to take on the SIU Edwardsville Cougars this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Belmont Bruins won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-6 (1-0 OVC East) on the season after defeating the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 92-82, this last Thursday. Belmont held a 47-44 lead at the end of the 1st half and used a 15-4 run in the 2nd half to pull away from the Redhawks and secure the win. Belmont shot 45.8% from the field and 43.6% (17-39) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Bruins allowed the Redhawks to shoot 42.2% shooting from the field and 52.6% (10-19) shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for Belmont was Craig Bradshaw who had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Bruins have been led by Evan Bradds (17.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.1 apg), Craig Bradshaw (16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg), and Mack Mercer (10.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg). Offensively, Belmont is averaging 82.2 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bruins average 10.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average 78.5 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of -2.7 and a turnover margin of -2.1.

SIU Edwardsville vs. Belmont - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 3-11 (0-2 OVC West) on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 86-63, this past Saturday. SIU Edwardsville struggled offensively in the 1st half and never got within double-digits in the 2nd half after being down 42-29 at halftime. SIU Edwardsville shot 39.2% from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. The Cougars allowed the Golden Eagles to shoot 57.4% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for SIU Edwardsville was Carlos Anderson who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Burak Eslik (12.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), Grant Fiorentinos (9.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg), and Carlos Anderson (9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, SIU Edwardsville is averaging 66.8 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field and 28.8% from beyond the arc. The Cougars average 4.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.79. Defensively, SIU Edwardsville is allowing an average of 76.9 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 0.79.

The Bruins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. OVC opponents and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Belmont is once again the team to beat in the Ohio Valley Conference this season and is outstanding on the offensive end as they rank in the top 35 in the country in scoring offense (35th), offensive FG % (25th), and three-pointers per game (17th). SIU Edwardsville lost all their starters from a 12-win team last season and have really struggled on the offensive end from both the field and three-point range. SIU Edwardsville played Belmont tight last season but this is far different team and I think as long as the Bruins shoot the ball like they can, they should be able to cover this spread. Take Belmont to cover.  

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