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Belmont vs. SE Missouri State - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
SE Missouri State at Belmont
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Curb Event Center
Nashville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Belmont -19.5 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and Belmont Bruins meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Curb Event Center.

The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are averaging 70.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 74.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Ledarrius Brewer is averaging 13.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while Skyler Hogan is averaging 12.1 points and 1.1 assists. Alex Caldwell is dishing 1.9 assists and Isaiah Gable is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks have lost their last five road games.

The Belmont Bruins hope to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Belmont Bruins are averaging 85.4 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 78.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Dylan Windler is averaging 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds while Kevin McClain is averaging 15.2 points and 4.1 assists. Nick Muszynski is the third double-digit scorer and Grayson Murphy is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Belmont Bruins are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Belmont Bruins are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The Belmont Bruins have won their last four home games.

The Redhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Bruins are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 Thursday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Ohio Valley and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The over is 38-17-2 in Redhawks last 57 Thursday games.

The Belmont Bruins are obviously the better basketball team and are playing much better basketball. You understand why the Bruins are massive favorites. However, the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are 8-3 ATS on the road this season and despite losing a ton, they're only being outscored by an average of seven points on the road. In its last five games overall, Southeast Missouri State has held its own defensively and has lost by an average of just four points. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks could easily have a better record with a bounce here or there. Belmont is also just 5-5 ATS as a favorite of five or more points. I'll take a stab with the Redhawks and the truckload of points.

Pick:
SE Missouri State +19.5

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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