Belmont vs. Tennessee Tech - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (10-5) at Belmont Bruins (10-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Curb Event Center)
The Line: Belmont Bruins -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Ohio Valley conference action on the hardwood as the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles face off against the Belmont Bruins in a college basketball matchup on Thursday night.
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles will look to remain perfect in OVC play after starting the conference portion of their schedule 2-0 thanks to a 77-69 win over Eastern Kentucky in their last outing. Aleksa Jugovic led the team with 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 5 threes, while Mason Ramsey added 17 points and Curtis Phillips Jr. added 14 points with a share of the team lead with 4 assists to round out the scoring in double digits for the Eagles in the win. Courtney Alexander II added a game-high 15 rebounds, while Kajon Mack added 9 rebounds and 4 assists of his own. Jugovic leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.4 points per game while Alexander II is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.3 boards per game and Mack leads the way in assists with 4.2 helpers per game this season. As a team, Tennessee Tech is scoring 78.9 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 37.5% from behind the arc and 66.9% from the foul line this season.
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The Belmont Bruins will also look to remain perfect in conference play after pushing their current winning streak to 5 games with a 65-58 win over UT-Martin in their last outing. Austin Luke led the team with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 5 threes, 10 assists and 3 steals for the double-double. Amanze Egekeze added 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Dylan Windler followed right behind with 13 points and 9 boards of his own to go along with 3 blocks to finish off the double figures scoring for the Bruins in the victory. Egekeze leads the team in scoring with 18 points per game while Windler leads the team in rebounding with 9.7 rebounds per game and Luke leads the team in assists with 7.3 dimes per game this season. As a team, Belmont is scoring 76.3 points per game on 47.2% from the floor, 36% from behind the arc and 75.3% from the foul line this season.
Tennessee Tech is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Belmont is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the over is 12-1 in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing road record. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I wanted to take Tennessee Tech and the points, but I just have this gut feeling the Belmont is in good enough form that they’ll cover in this one. Neither one has a big win to start conference play, but Belmont has been better ATS this season, so they get my lean in this one but I’d probably leave this one alone if I could.