Belmont vs. Evansville - 12/9/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville Purple Aces (6-1) at Belmont Bruins (7-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Curb Event Center)
The Line: Belmont Bruins -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Evansville Purple Aces and Belmont Bruins play Tuesday night at the Curb Event Center.
The Evansville Purple Aces have won three straight and will play their second true road game. On the season, Evansville is averaging 73.8 points on 52.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 43.9 percent shooting. D.J. Balentine leads Evansville with 19.9 points and 3.3 assists while Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 13.1 points and 9.7 rebounds. Mislav Brzoja is the third Evansville player averaging double-digit points and Adam Wing is shooting 53.8 percent from the field. The Evansville Purple Aces are an elite offensive team, shooting 74.6 percent from the line, 39.8 percent from deep and scoring a combined 175 points in their last two games. Evansville’s weakness is its 33.9 rebounds per game, as Mockevicius is the Purple Aces only true rebounder.
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The Belmont Bruins have won seven straight and could use a key win here at home. On the season, Belmont is averaging 75.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and is allowing 67.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Craig Bradshaw leads Belmont with 21.3 points and 2.4 assists while Evan Bradds is averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. Taylor Barnette is the third Belmont player averaging double-digit points and Reece Chamberlain is averaging 5.8 assists per game. The Belmont Bruins are also a polished offensive team that’s shooting 41 percent from deep and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. Belmont is also averaging seven steals on defense. However, like Evansville, Belmont isn’t a great rebounding team with an average of just 33.8 boards per game.
The Purple Aces are 21-7-2 ATS in their last 30 Tuesday games and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bruins are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
This should be a great game between two teams that can shoot the lights out of the gym. However, I'm going with Evansville and the points simply because the Purple Aces have more scoring depth than the Bruins who simply rely heavily on Bradshaw to lead the way.