Tennessee State vs. Belmont - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee State vs. Belmont - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Belmont Bruins (23-7) at Tennessee State Tigers (17-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Gentry Center)

The Line: Tennessee State Tigers +8 -- Over/Under: 149

TV: ESPN+

The Belmont Bruins and the Tennessee State Tigers meet in college basketball action from Gentry Complex on Saturday. 

Belmont rolls into this one at 23-7 so far. It’s been a nine-game winning streak for Belmont, and they’ve taken out JSU, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech in their last four outings. 

In the win over Tennessee Tech, Belmont’s Nick Muszynski was the top scorer on the team with 23 points and seven rebounds. The only other Belmont player in double-figures in that one was Tyler Scanlon with 16 points and two rebounds, and Adam Kunkel chipped in nine points. 

Over on the Tennessee State side, there’s 17-13 this year. In the last four games, Tennessee State is 2-2, falling to Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State while otherwise beating Tennessee Tech and JSU. 

In the win over Jacksonville State, Tennessee State’s leading scorer was Shakem Johnson with 17 points, one assist and four rebounds. Wesley Harris put up 13 points, seven rebounds and one assist there, and Michael Littlejohn had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. 

Tennessee State is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven at home versus a team with a winning road record. The under is 4-0 in Tennessee State’s last four home games and 5-0 in their last five Saturday games.
Meanwhile, Belmont is 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 after an ATS loss. Belmont is 7-1 ATS in the last eight overall and the under is 7-1 in their last eight overall. 

Belmont has been finishing off the season really well, and they haven’t lost a game since January 25. Eight of the last nine games have featured 71 points or more from Belmont, and they’ve routinely been finishing in the 80s or even 90s as well. 

Tennessee State doesn’t quite have that type of scoring prowess on a regular basis; they’ve hit 70 points just once in their last six games and carry a 2-4 record during that time. I don’t think Tennessee State will be able to keep up here so I’m going Belmont. 

Andrew’s Pick Belmont Bruins -8

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.