Betting on today’s Bruins and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at The Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 157.5 points, and Drake is favored by -9.5 to win at home against Belmont.


The Pick: Belmont Bruins +9.5

This game will be played at The Knapp Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Even though we have Drake winning straight-up, we like Belmont at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

No Pressure for Belmont as Away Dogs

Belmont has been much better at home this season, going 9-2 compared to 6-9 on the road. They have a scoring margin of +5.1 at home compared to -4.8 on the road. As an underdog, the Bruins are 4-10 this season.

Belmont comes into this game on a four-game win streak, and they are 16-11 overall. In their last game, they beat UIC by a score of 75-60. Over their last 10 road games, the Bruins have gone 4-6.

Belmont has an overall ATS record of 12-14 this season, but they have gone just 5-9 vs. the spread when listed as the underdog. Their last 10 games as the underdog have resulted in a 3-7 ATS mark.

Belmont’s over/under record this season is 12-14 and the average scoring total in their games is 154.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 157.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (154.2). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 152 points.

The Bruins’ offense finished with 75 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 77.6 points per contest. Offensively, the Bruins hold a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, placing them 56th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 52nd in terms of percentage and 57th in three-pointers made.

Looking at the Belmont defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 76.9 points per game (286th). Against UIC, the Bruins’ defense gave up 60 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, UIC only made 4 free-throws.

Can the Bulldogs Hold Strong at Home?

Drake enters this game as a 9.5-point favorite, and they have thrived in this role, going 19-4 when favored this season. They have been especially dominant at home, where they are a perfect 15-0 on the season.

Over their last 10 games at home, the Bulldogs have gone a perfect 10-0, and they have won their last 15 games at home.

As the favorite this season, Drake has gone 11-12 vs. the spread. Over their last three games as the favorite, the Bulldogs are just 1-2 ATS. At home, Drake has an ATS record of 9-6 this season.

Drake’s over/under record this season is 14-12 and the average over/under line in their games is 145. So far, 19 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line of 157.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1.

Coming off a good offensive performance, Drake’s offense scored 95 points against Murray State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 60.7%, and they went 10/13 from the free-throw line. Leading the team in scoring was Kevin Overton with 23 points. Tucker DeVries also added 22 points for the Bulldogs.

At this time, the Bulldogs’ defense is positioned 95th in the country, permitting 68.9 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Drake’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.8% this season.