Belmont vs. Tennessee State - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Tennessee State Tigers at Belmont Bruins

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Curb Event Center)

Belmont Bruins -12.5 (-110)

TV: ESPN+

The Tennessee State Tigers and the Belmont Bruins meet in OVC college basketball action from the Curb Event Center on Thursday night.

The Tennessee State Tigers will try to pick up a big road win to gain ground on the top 4 after a 73-65 loss to Murray State last time out. Jylan Washington led Tennessee State with 24 points including 4 threes and a team-high 12 rebounds while Michael Littlejohn had 13 points with 3 threes and 4 assists. Littlejohn and Washington make up two of Tennessee State’s core of four double-digit scorers while Carlos Marshall Jr. leads the Tigers with 12.6 points per game. Wesley Harris leads Tennessee State on the glass with 5.9 rebounds in addition to his 11.1 points per game while Mark Freeman leads the Tigers in assists with 4.2 helpers per game. As a team, Tennessee State is averaging 74.3 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the fie, 35.6% from 3-point range and 65.7% from the foul line while allowing opponents to average 72.6 points on 41.3% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 74.2% from the foul line this season.

The Belmont Bruins will look to continue their pursuit of the top spot in the OVC standings, currently sitting on a four-game winning streak after a 71-63 win over Austin Peay last time out. Adam Kunkel led Belmont with 19 points along with 5 assists while Grayson Murphy had 12 points with a team-high 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Kunkel remains Belmont’s scoring leader with 16.9 points per game while Nick Muszynski and Tyler Scanlon round out Belmont’s trio of double-digit scorers this season. Grayson Murphy also lads the Bruins with team-highs of 7.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Belmont is averaging 80.6 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line while allowing opponents to average 68.7 points on 41.3% shooting from the field and 31.9% from 3-point range this season.

Tennessee State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Belmont is 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

The points with Tennessee State are tempting as the Tigers have played well up to this point and their place in the OVC standings is no joke. However, while this feels like a lot of points, Tennessee State has already played two of the top teams in the OVC this season on the road in Austin Peay and Murray State, and lost those games by 25 and 12 points respectively. I just think this is another high-tier game that the Tigers will have trouble showing up for, so I’ll lay the points with Belmont at home here.

Chris’s Pick Belmont Bruins -12.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.