Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15-16) at Belmont Bruins (24-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Belmont Bruins -13 -- Over/Under: 155 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Belmont Bruins meet in an Ohio Valley Conference tournament semi-final matchup from the Ford Center on Friday night.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels booked their spot in the semis by virtue of a 58-48 win over Tennessee State last time out. Jomaru Brown leads the Colonels in scoring and assists with 18.8 PPG and 2.8 APG while Ty Taylor II has 12.6 PPG and Tre King has 11.5 PPG for Eastern Kentucky this season. Michael Moreno also has 8.6 PPG and a team-high 6 RPG for the Colonels this season. As a team, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 76 points on 41.8% shooting from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range and 73.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.8 points on 45.8% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range this season.
The Belmont Bruins come into this game well rested, earning the double-bye after finishing with the top-seed as co-regular season champion of the OVC with Murray State with a 15-3 overall conference record this season as part of their 24-7 mark as a whole on the year. Adam Kunkel leads Belmont in scoring with 16.6 PPG while Nick Muszynski is 2nd with 15.2 PPG and Tyler Scanlon has 12.6 PPG for the Bruins this season. Grayson Murphy also has 9.8 PPG and team-highs of 7.5 RPG and 6.3 APG for Belmont. As a team, Belmont is averaging 80.4 points on 48% shooting from the field, 35.9% from 3-point range and 70.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.3 points on 41.8% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season.
The points with Eastern Kentucky are tempting as anything can really happen during conference tournament time. However, the Colonels were just simply outplayed by Belmont this season, losing to the Bruins by 13 at home and by 31 points at Belmont. On a neutral floor, I don't expect much of a different result, so I'll lay the points with Belmont here.