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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(14-5) Belmont Bruins vs. Murray State Racers (13-5)
Date: Thursday January 23
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: CFSB Center at Murray State in Murray, KY.
CBB Moneyline Odds: TBA
CBB Betting Odds: Belmont PK / Murray State PK
CBB Betting Total: 147
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By Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS), Belmont is the best in the Ohio Valley Conference by a healthy margin.
But the Bruins stumbled inexplicably against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in their first game of 2020 to open conference play. Even after the result, SRS has Belmont a good twenty-two points better than Edwardsville and the game was on Belmont’s campus.
Without that result, there would be three teams with 6–0 records in the OVC. With it, Belmont is a game behind both Murray State and Austin Peay in Head Coach Casey Alexander’s first season following Rick Byrd’s retirement.
In seven prior seasons as a member of the Ohio Valley, Belmont’s worst conference record was 11–5. If it can avoid a losing streak in its upcoming stretch, it should finish no worse this year.
The Bruins are embarking on four road games in a row, beginning with this one in Murray and then going to Austin Peay to play the Governors. They finish up at Tennessee Tech and then at Jacksonville State.
They’ll return to home to play Murray State and Austin Peay back-to-back again. The numbers suggest the Bruins should be favored in every matchup except perhaps this one. With 361 assists as a team, Belmont ranks second in the country, behind only Gonzaga.
Murray State Racers
Murray State is the only other team in the conference that the SRS considers better than the national average and only by four-fifths of a point. Belmont, comparatively, is nearly six points better than the nation’s average.
It lost by two at Missouri State and by two at Evansville but, otherwise, Murray State hasn’t lost since the end of November, in which it started the season just 4-3.
The Racers’ .488 rate from the field has it in the top ten, nationally, and their 275 team assists also have them in top quadrant in Division I. They have been tearing up conference play with the best team shooting percentage at over fifty-three.
A pair of sophomores, Tevin Brown and KJ Williams combine to average over thirty points per game and all three of Murray State’s leading scorers hit the glass too with between five and eight rebounds per game each.
While Belmont is just beginning a four-game road stretch, Murray State just swept through its own. The Racers’ remaining schedule is heavy on home games but it has yet to play Austin Peay, in addition to the two it has scheduled against the Bruins.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-2 in BEL last 9 Thu. games.
- BEL are 24-9 ATS in their last 33 Thu. games.
- MURR are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. Ohio Valley.
- MURR are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Head to Head: Underdog is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Free Belmont Bruins vs. Murray State Racers NCAAB Prediction: Murray at home.
Belmont may just get on a roll and cut through the OVC. It also may not be so easy.
The Bruins have a first-year head coach and have shown some lapses that don’t typically occur within a team ready to make minced meat of its competition. Murray holds serve at home and makes this thing interesting.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Murray State PK
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