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Belmont vs Murray State Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 1st Betting Odds
Bruins vs Racers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Belmont Bruins at Murray State Racers
- Where: Murray at CFSB Center
- Date: Wednesday, February 1st
- Betting Odds: Belmont +1.5, BELM +102 | MURST -125 O/U 144.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Murray State, the Belmont Bruins will be taking the floor for the 24th time this season and have an overall record of 16-7. So far, the Bruins have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 7-4. For the season, Belmont has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 4-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bruins being +1.5 point underdogs.
Ben Sheppard comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 18.78 points per contest. Not only has Sheppard been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Belmont’s top rebounder at 5.22 boards per contest. Behind Sheppard, the team has benefited from the strong play of Drew Friberg, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.0% of his shots and is adding 3.87 boards per game.
Belmont comes into today’s matchup vs Murray State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.5 points per game. Through 23 games, they have hit 48.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bruins have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 357th in possessions per game.
Murray State will take the floor against the Bruins with an overall record of 12-10. So far this season, Murray State has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Racers as the -1.5 point favorites. The Racers have been favored 11 times, going 8-3 straight up.
Murray State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Rob Perry who is averaging 15.18 points per game for the Racers. Perry is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Racers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jamari Smith who has hit 46.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.6 points per game.
Murray State comes into today’s matchup vs Belmont, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 22 games, they have hit 47.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Racers have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 483rd in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Murray State Racers -1.5
If you are eying this matchup between Belmont Bruins and Murray State Racers as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Murray State to cover the spread as -1.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Murray State shooting well enough to keep the Bruins at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Racers’ to win the game and cover the spread.