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Belmont vs. Austin Peay - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Austin Peay vs. Belmont
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ford Center
Evansville, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Belmont -7.5 -- Over/Under: 162.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Austin Peay vs. Belmont
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The Austin Peay Governors and Belmont Bruins meet Friday in the college basketball OVC Semifinal at the Ford Center.

The Austin Peay Governors enter this game after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Austin Peay Governors are averaging 82.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Terry Taylor is averaging 20.6 points and 8.8 rebounds while Chris Porter-Bunton is averaging 13 points and two assists. Steve Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Glotta is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The Austin Peay Governors are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Austin Peay Governors are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Austin Peay Governors have won four of their last six non-home games.

The Belmont Bruins enter this contest having not lost a game since January 17. The Belmont Bruins are averaging 88.3 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Dylan Windler is averaging 21.1 points and 10.3 rebounds while Kevin McClain is averaging 16.2 points and 4.2 assists. Nick Muszynski is the third double-digit scorer and Grayson Murphy is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Belmont Bruins are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Belmont Bruins are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The Belmont Bruins have won their last eight non-home games.

The Governors are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 neutral site games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Ohio Valley and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bruins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Ohio Valley and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Governors last 5 overall.

The last meeting between these teams featured 188 points and was decided by just four points. Belmont has been money ATS this season and is playing the better basketball overall, but the Austin Peay Governors are good enough offensively to hang in this contest and have proven they can win in tough venues. I like the value of the points in what should be one of the better Friday games.

Pick:
Austin Peay +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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