The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-11, 3-1 OVC) can end an eight-game road losing streak when they take on the Belmont Bruins (12-5, 3-1 OVC) at Curb Event Center. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Belmont Bruins Odds Preview
The last time the Colonels played, they beat the SIUE Cougars, 78-72. With 14 points and nine rebounds, Eastern Kentucky’s Lachlan Anderson put together a good performance. Eastern Kentucky played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.1 (better than their season average of 17.7) and a free throw rate of 0.474 (above their season average of 0.217). For those same stats, SIUE was 21.8 and 0.320, respectively.
The Bruins come in on a high note after topping the UT Martin Skyhawks in their last matchup, 85-78. Belmont was lifted by Grayson Murphy, who led the team in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting. The Bruins had 9 steals and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.536 vs. 0.478).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Bruins won both contests played against each other last season. In the last game, Belmont won 83-65. The Bruins played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 and a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.563. The Colonels recorded marks of 10.8 and 0.449, respectively, for those same stats.
There could be a fair amount of transition offense in this battle that showcases a pair of the nation’s more fast-paced teams. Belmont ranks 29th in possessions per game (74.1) and Eastern Kentucky is seventh (77.3). Also, the Colonels rank 303rd in offensive efficiency (95.4), while the Bruins rank 57th in defensive efficiency (92.0).
Eastern Kentucky vs. Belmont ATS Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Belmont, ATS Winner – Belmont, O/U – Over
The Bruins rank 16th in three pointers attempted per game (28.4) while the Colonels rank 71st in three pointers allowed per game (20.0).
Belmont ranks 33rd in rebounds per game (39.9) while Eastern Kentucky ranks 265th in rebounds allowed per game (40.4).
The Bruins average 18.9 assists per game, which ranks third in the country. The Colonels rank 212th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
Eastern Kentucky ranks seventh in steals per game (9.9) while Belmont ranks 125th (6.6).
The Bruins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.2, up from 13.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 74.8 points per game (1.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.4 points per game (2.2 below their season average).