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Belmont vs. Murray State - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Murray State vs. Belmont
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ford Center
Evansville, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Belmont -2.5 -- Over/Under: 160
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Murray State vs. Belmont
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The Murray State Racers and Belmont Bruins meet Saturday in the college basketball OVC Championship at the Ford Center.

The Murray State Racers enter this contest on a 10-game winning streak. The Murray State Racers are averaging 83.8 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 24.1 points and 10.3 assists while Shaq Buchanan is averaging 13.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Tevin Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Darnell Cowart is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Murray State Racers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Murray State Racers are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Murray State Racers have won their last five 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 nine non-home games.

The Racers are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games,  6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Ohio Valley and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bruins are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Ohio Valley, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Racers are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 23-11 in Bruins last 34 vs. Ohio Valley. The over is 5-1 in Racers last 6 overall.

Both of these teams obviously enter this game red hot, but it's Belmont who has been more consistent and has been winning by such large margins that it's hard to fade this team. The Bruins also won the only meeting this season, beating Murray State on the road by 13 points while shooting 53.2 percent from the field. The Murray State Racers is fresh off a nail biter against Jacksonville State, and you wonder if they have enough horses to hang in this contest. Belmont is playing too well to fade right now.

Pick:
Belmont -2.5

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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