Belmont Bruins (3-2) vs. Drake Bulldogs (3-0)
November 25, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Drake Bulldogs -2 / Belmont Bruins +2; Over/Under: +150
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The Belmont Bruins and the Drake Bulldogs meet in college basketball action from HP Field House on Thursday night.
The Belmont Bruins come into this game looking to shake off an 83-53 beatdown loss to LSU last time out. Nick Muszynski leads the Bruins in scoring and rebounding with 15 PPG and 6.2 RPG while Ben Sheppard has 14.8 PPG and Will Richard has 12.2 PPG with 5.4 rPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Belmont so far this season. Grayson Murphy also has 9.8 PPg with 5.8 RPG and a team-high 4.8 APG as well this season. As a team, Belmont is averaging 81.2 PPG on 47.1% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 78.8$ from the foul line while allowing 66 PPG on 45.8% shooting from the field and 35.7% from three this season.
The Drake Bulldogs will be out to build on their 73-70 win over Richmond last time out. Tremell Murphy leads the Bulldogs with 15 PPG along with 6.3 RPG while Roman Penn has 12 PPG with 3.7 APG to lead Drake in assists and Tucker Devries has 10.7 PPG with 5.3 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Drake so far this season. D.J. Wilins also has 9 PPG and 3 APG and Garrett Sturtz has 8.3 PPG and 8 RPG to lead Drake on the glass this season. As a team, Drake is averaging 86.3 PPG on 49.7% shooting from the field, 45.3% from three and 76.1% from the foul line while allowing 60.3 PPG on 39.5% shooting from the field and 31.5% from three this season.
Belmont is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Drake is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
This should be a great game between two teams we’ve rode to successful season in recent years if you’ve been on them as much as I have. However, while I really like Belmont and think they’ll be the team to watch in the OVC once again, they’ve looked mortal in the non-conference portion of their schedule while Drake hasn’t been the most dominant either, but they’ve won the games that they’re supposed to and I think Belmont could have a hard time here. Give me Drake in this one.