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Belmont vs. Tennessee Tech - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Belmont Bruins meet in Ohio Valley Conference college basketball action from Curb Event Center on Saturday evening.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including a 66-64 win over Tennessee State in their last outing. Jr. Clay led the Golden Eagles with 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes while Corey Tillery and Malik Martin each had 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Tennessee Tech in the win, with Martin adding 4 rebounds. Micaiah Henry added 8 points with a team-high 5 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Clay leads Tennessee Tech with an average of 12.6 points and 3.6 assists per game while Courtney Alexander II leads the Golden Eagles on the glass with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Tennessee Tech is averaging 71.6 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 59.5% from the foul line this season.

The Belmont Bruins will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after an 83-73 loss to Jacksonville State in their last outing. Dylan Windler led the Bruins with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Kevin McClain added 21 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and a share of the team-high with 6 assists. Grayson Murphy added 14 points along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists of his own with 3 steals. Nick Muszynski added 9 points with 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks as well in the losing effort for Belmont. Windler leads Belmont with an average of 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while Murphy leads the Bruins with 6.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Belmont is averaging 85.8 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 70.1% from the foul line this season.

Tennessee Tech is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Belmont is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games while the over is 11-2 in their last 13 home games. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I understand that home court has played a big part in this matchup, and that Belmont is due after back-to-back losses and being the better team both offensively and overall, it should happen here. However, Tennessee Tech has a history of hanging around with the Bruins and quite simply, I just feel like this is a case of too many points, so I’ll take the boatload of points with Tennessee Tech here.

Pick:
Tennessee Tech +22.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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