The Tennessee State Tigers (17-13, 9-8 OVC) and Belmont Bruins (23-7, 14-3 OVC) will go head-to-head at Gentry Center to close out the regular season. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Belmont Bruins vs. Tennessee State Tigers Betting Preview
In the Bruins’ last contest, they edged the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 65-62. Nick Muszynski was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Belmont played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 25.3) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.536 (below their season average of 0.559). For those same stats, Tennessee Tech put up marks of 22.2 and 0.483, respectively.
The Tigers will look to keep it rolling after beating the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in their last game, 65-55. Wesley Harris led the way for Tennessee State, contributing 13 points and seven rebounds. The Tigers had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.692 (above their season average of 0.537) and had a free throw rate of 0.282 (above their season average of 0.208).
The offense of Tennessee State will square off against the stingy defense of Belmont. The Tigers currently rank 176th in offensive efficiency, while the Bruins are 44th in defensive efficiency. The Bruins figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. Ball security should be an advantage for the Bruins. They rank 32nd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.5 percent). Conversely, the Tigers force the 74th-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 17.6 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bruins won 74-51. The Bruins dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 8.2 and a free throw rate of 0.133. For those same stats, the Tigers were 26.5 and 0.086, respectively. In the victory, Muszynski led all scorers with 21 points.
Belmont Bruins at Tennessee State Tigers ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Tennessee State, ATS Winner – Tennessee State, O/U – Over
Belmont averages 7.7 steals per game, which ranks 52nd in the nation. Tennessee State ranks 133rd in steals allowed per game (6.5).
The Tigers have been outscored by an average of 4.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Tennessee State has defeated opponents by an average of 0.7 points.
During their last five games, the Bruins have scored an average of 80.6 points per game (0.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (1.6 below their season average).