Evansville vs. Belmont - 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Belmont Bruins (2-1) vs. Evansville Purple Aces (2-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Belmont Bruins and Evansville Purple Aces meet Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center.
The Belmont Bruins play their third road game of the year and hope for a 3-1 start. The Belmont Bruins are averaging 82.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 82.7 points on 46 percent shooting. Evan Bradds is averaging 17 points and 7.7 rebounds while Craig Bradshaw is averaging 14.3 points and three assists. Nick Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Luke is dishing 8.3 assists. The Belmont Bruins are a well coached team that shares the ball, as they have 57 assists on 83 made baskets in three games. The only thing hurting the Belmont Bruins are the lack of defense, as they’ve allowed 80-plus points in four of their last five games. Belmont has split its last eight road games.
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The Evansville Purple Aces look to keep rolling after a solid 2-0 start to the year. The Evansville Purple Aces are averaging 80 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 19 points and 12.5 rebounds while D.J. Balentine is averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 assists. Mislav Brzoja is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylon Brown is dishing three assists. The Evansville Purple Aces are shooting just 19.2 percent from deep but have still managed to score 80-plus points in both of their games. Evansville is averaging 44 rebounds per contest and has 22 offensive boards in two games. Evansville has won six of its last eight regular season home games.
The Bruins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Purple Aces are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games.
Evansville has the offense to hang with Belmont but also plays better defense than the Bruins. With better defense and support from the home crowd, I like the Purple Aces and the reasonable chalk.