Belmont vs. Western Kentucky - 11/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-0) at Belmont Bruins (0-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Curb Event Center)
The Line: Belmont Bruins -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Belmont Bruins and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off on Saturday in college basketball action.
The Belmont Bruins are off to an 0-1 start as lost 66-80 in their opener at Vanderbilt. Belmont shot 35.3 percent from the floor and 22 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while only making it to the free throw line 13 times and they allowed Vandy to shoot 46 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in the loss. Evan Bradds led the Bruins with 19 points and 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Amanze Egekeze had 18 points and 5 rebounds for Belmont, Taylor Barnette had 11 points, and Dylan Windler had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Belmont can’t expect to be successful shooting at low percentages as that just isn’t their game.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are off to a 2-0 start after beating Alabama State and Jacksonville State in their first two games. Western Kentucky is averaging 76.5 points per game and they are shooting 46.7 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while their opponents are averaging 66.5 points and are shooting 38.1 percent. Que Johnson is leading the Hilltoppers averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. Justin Johnson is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds for WKU, Pancake Thomas is averaging 14.5 points, and Junior Lomomba is averaging 10 points and 5 assists per game. This is Western Kentucky’s first road game of the season as well as their stiffest test thus far.
Belmont is 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 home games, 7-21-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 2-5 against the spread against CUSA teams. Western Kentucky is 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 games, 5-2 against the spread following a win, and 1-6 against the spread against the OVC.
This game will likely be tight so while I see Belmont playing much better than they did last time out I can see WKU getting the win.