Valparaiso Beacons (3-4) vs. Belmont Bruins (4-3)
December 1, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Belmont Bruins -11.5 / Valparaiso Beacons +11.5; Over/Under: +142
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The Valparaiso Crusaders and Belmont Bruins meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Curb Event Center Arena. The Valparaiso Crusaders look to get back to a .500 record. The Belmont Bruins look for their fifth win.
The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 67.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Ben Krikke is averaging 19.4 points and 7 rebounds, while Kobe King is averaging 17.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. Quinton Green is the third double-digit scorer and Nick Edwards is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game.
The Belmont Bruins are averaging 75.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Ben Sheppard is averaging 20.3 points and 5 rebounds, while Cade Tyson is averaging 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds. Drew Friberg is the third double-digit scorer and Ja’Kobi Gillespie is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Belmont Bruins are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The Belmont Bruins are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.4 rebounds per game.
The Beacons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bruins are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The over is 10-3 in Beacons last 13 road games. The under is 7-3 in Bruins last 10 games following a straight up win.
The Belmont Bruins are the better side and should be favored, but this is a thick line for a team that’s had nearly all 7 of their games come down to the wire. The Valparaiso Crusaders are also coming off their best showing of the season, where they beat James Madison in overtime as a 16-point underdog. This is showing Belmont a little too much respect. Give me Valparaiso and the points.