Belmont Bruins (24-5) vs. Murray State Racers (26-2)
February 24, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Murray State Racers -3 / Belmont Bruins +3; Over/Under: +144
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The Belmont Bruins and the Murray State Racers meet in college basketball action from the CFSB Center on Thursday night.
The Belmont Bruins will look to build on their double-digit win streak after a 73-62 win over SIU-Edwardsville last time out. Nick Muszynski leads the Bruins in scoring with 16.4 PPG along with 5.3 RPG while Ben Sheppard has 16.3 PPG and Will Richard has 11.8 PPG with 5.9 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Belmont so far this season. Grayson Murphy also has team-highs of 6.2 RPG and 6 APG to lead the Bruins in rebounding and assists as well this season. As a team, Belmont is averaging 80.4 PPG on 49.5% shooting from the field, 33.5% shooting from three and 74.3% from the foul line while allowing 68.5 PPG on 42.8% shooting from the field and 34.3% from three this season.
The Murray State Racers will look to keep up their unbeaten conference record after a 62-60 win over UT-Martin last time out. KJ Williams leads the Racers in scoring and rebounding with 17.6 PPG and 8.6 RPG while Tevin Brown has 16.5 PPG with 5.4 RPG and 3.1 APG. Justice Hill has 13.3 PPG with a team-high 5.1 APG to lead the Racers in assists to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Murray State so far this season. Trae Hannibal has 8.9 PPG with 4.9 RPG and 2.7 APG while DJ Burns also has 6.5 RPG this season. As a team, Murray State is averaging 79.8 PPG on 47.9% shooting from the field, 35% from three and 69.3% from the foul line while allowing 62.2 PPG on 40.7% shooting from the field and 30.1% from three this season.
Belmont is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. Murray State is 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning road record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
I get the case to be made for Belmont and the points here, but the thing is that as high as I’ve been on the Bruins this season, the Racers have also been just as good as advertised. The Racers have also been damn near unbeatable, especially at home and I think only laying a bucket here, you have to go with the proven Racers here.