Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Colonels and Knights. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Knights at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY. Get ready to place your bets! Eastern Kentucky is favored by -6.5 in this Atlantic Sun conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 146 points.

EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS VS BELLARMINE KNIGHTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -6.5

This game will be played at Freedom Hall at 7:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 81-67 in favor of the Colonels.
  • Not only will Eastern Kentucky pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the over with a projected 148 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for Eastern Kentucky?

Eastern Kentucky is 14-11 this season and 9-2 in Atlantic Sun games. They are 10-5 when favored.

On the road, the Colonels are 4-8 this season, and they have gone 3-2 in their last five road games.

Eastern Kentucky has an ATS record of 12-10 this season and they are 9-6 vs. the spread when they are the favorite. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Colonels have gone 8-2 vs. the spread. On the road, Eastern Kentucky has an ATS mark of 6-6 this year and they have gone 5-5 vs. the spread in their last 10 road games.

Eastern Kentucky’s over/under record this season sits at 11-11 and the average over/under line in their games is 151.9. So far, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 146. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 165 points and their over/under record over their last 10 games is 7-3.

The Colonels’ offense finished with 86 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 81.9 points per contest. In terms of offense, the Colonels have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 121st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 96th in percentage and 115th in three-pointers made.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Eastern Kentucky is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 76.8 points per game (280th). In today’s game, the Eastern Kentucky defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 3 three-pointers while giving up 73 points.

Will the Knights Defense Show Up at Home?

After losing to Florida Gulf Coast by a score of 63-52, Bellarmine’s record now stands at 6-20. They have dropped three straight games and are just 2-9 in Atlantic Sun Conference matchups. The Knights have struggled on the road this season, going 2-14, and their average scoring margin away from home is -11.8.

As the underdog, Bellarmine has gone 2-16 this season. They are 1-6 at home and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at home. So far, the Knights have been the underdog in 18 of their 26 games.

As the underdog this season, Bellarmine has gone just 5-12-1 vs. the spread. Their ATS record at home is only 1-6 and they have gone just 1-6 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games. Overall, the Knights have a disappointing ATS mark of 6-16-1 this season.

On the season, the over/under record for Bellarmine games is 12-11 and today’s line of 146 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (141.1). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 145 points.

Bellarmine offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 52 points against Florida Gulf Coast. In that game, they made 6/21 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 38.6%. The Bellarmine offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 22.4 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 34% of their looks from outside this season.

At this time, the Knights’ defense is positioned 225th in the country, permitting 74.2 points per game. Against Florida Gulf Coast, the Knights’ defense gave up 63 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Florida Gulf Coast only made 9 free-throws.