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Belmont vs. Murray State - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Murray State Racers (8-8) at Belmont Bruins (11-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Curb Event Center)

The Line: Belmont Bruins -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Murray State Racers will travel to the Curb Event Center to take on the Belmont Bruins this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Murray State Racers improved to 8-8 (2-1 OVC West) on the season after defeating the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 69-54, this past Saturday. Murray State used a 9-0 run in the 1st half to take a 32-25 halftime lead and was able to keep a comfortable lead over the Gamecocks throughout the 2nd half. Murray State shot 46.7% from the field and 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the arc. The Racers held the Gamecocks to 33.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded Jacksonville State by a 46-32 margin. Leading the way for Murray State was Wayne Langston who had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. On the season, the Racers have been led by Wayne Langston (13.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), Bryce Jones (12.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.1 apg), and Jeffery Moss (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, Murray State is averaging 69.9 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field and 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Racers average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

Belmont vs. Murray State - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Belmont Bruins won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-6 (3-0 OVC East) on the season after defeating the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 85-59, this past Saturday. Belmont was tied with Eastern Illinois at halftime, 36-36, but scored 30 of the final 38 points of the game to easily stay perfect in OVC play. Belmont shot 48.3% from the field and 41.7% (15-36) from beyond the arc. The Bruins held the Panthers to 37.5% shooting from the field and 27.3% (6-23) from three-point range. Leading the way for Belmont was Evan Bradds who had a double-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Bruins have been led by Evan Bradds (17.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), Craig Bradshaw (17.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg), and Taylor Barnette (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, Belmont is averaging 82.5 ppg on 49.1% shooting from the field and 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bruins average 12 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22. Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 42.7% shooting. The Bruins have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of -2.1.

The Racers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games following three or more consecutive home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bruins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Ohio Valley opponents.

Murray State has been one of the more dominant teams in the OVC in recent years however, the Racers might be in for a long season after losing all but one starter from last year’s 29-6 team. Belmont has two of the best players in the OVC this season in Evan Bradds and Craig Bradshaw and will be the favorites to represent the OVC in the NCAA Tournament this season. Belmont is once against very dangerous offensive team and as Murray State has really struggled on the road (0-4), I think the Bruins will be able to cover this spread at home. Take Belmont to cover. 

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Belmont Bruins -8

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