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SIU Edwardsville vs. Belmont - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Belmont Bruins (11-6) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (6-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Vadalabene Center)

The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The Belmont Bruins and SIU Edwardsville Cougars meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Vadalabene Center.

The Belmont Bruins look for another win after winning six of their last seven games. The Belmont Bruins are averaging 75.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Amanze Egekeze is averaging 17.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while Dylan Windler is averaging 15.9 points and 2.5 assists. Kevin McClain is the third double-digit scorer and Nick Hopkins is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Belmont Bruins are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Belmont Bruins are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Belmont Bruins have won their last three road games.

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SIU Edwardsville vs. Belmont - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 70.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 82.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jalen Henry is averaging 17.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while Daniel Kinchen is averaging 13.6 points and 2.9 assists. Christian Ellis is dishing 3.4 assists and Julian Torres is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars have split their last four home games.

The Bruins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cougars are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are easily one of the worst teams in the country, as their defense is outside of the top 300 and their field goal percentage is ranked 306th. To make matters worse, the Cougars are just 3-10 ATS, something you can't get behind as a bettor. The Belmont Bruins are a solid 10-5 against the number this season and are an explosive offensive club that's topped 70 points in seven of their last 10 games. This is a lot of chalk to lay on the road, but SIU Edwardsville is that bad of a basketball team. Give me Belmont by double digits.

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