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Bellarmine vs Eastern Kentucky Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Knights vs Colonels Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Bellarmine Knights at Eastern Kentucky Colonels
- Where: Richmond at McBrayer Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Bellarmine +6.5, BELLA +230 | EKENT -295 O/U 135.5
Bellarmine will take the floor against the Colonels with an overall record of 10-12. On the road, the Knights will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 4-8. So far, the Knights have been the underdog 14 times, going 6-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
Bellarmine’s leading scorer this season is Garrett Tipton, who is averaging 12.18 points per contest. So far, Tipton has accounted for 18.56% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.59 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists. Ben Johnson is the second leading scorer for the Knights, averaging 10.05 points per game. Between him and Johnson, they are accounting for 33.2% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Bellarmine this season, as they are currently ranked 235th in college basketball at 70.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 243rd in the NCAA.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels head into today’s game in what will be their 23rd game of the season, posting a record of 13-9. Currently, the Colonels have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 9-1. The Colonels’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Eastern Kentucky has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2.
Eastern Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Devontae Blanton, who is averaging 15.32 points per contest. So far, Blanton has accounted for 19.32% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.36 rebounds per game and 2.73 assists. Michael Moreno is the second leading scorer for the Colonels, averaging 12.77 points per game. Between him and Moreno, they are accounting for 35.4% of the team’s scoring.
Eastern Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Bellarmine, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 22 games, they have hit 41.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Colonels have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 234th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Bellarmine Knights +6.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Eastern Kentucky and Bellarmine are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 11.71 and 7.79 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Bellarmine Knights to cover as +6.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Colonels’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Eastern Kentucky. At +6.5 we like the chances of Bellarmine covering the spread as underdogs.