Check out our free Belmont vs Valparaiso pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Valparaiso. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Belmont vs Valparaiso Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 10th Betting Odds

Bruins vs Beacons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Belmont Bruins at Valparaiso Beacons
  • Where: Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center
  • Date: Tuesday, January 10th
  • Betting Odds: Belmont -5, BELM -225 | VALP +180 O/U 140.5

Bruins Preview:

Belmont heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-6. So far, the Bruins have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 4-4. This season, Belmont has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 7-4. For today’s contest, Belmont has a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

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Ben Sheppard comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 18.06 points per contest. Not only has Sheppard been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Belmont’s top rebounder at 5.0 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 13.12 points per game. Overall, he has hit 49.7% of his shots and is adding 3.65 boards per game.

Belmont comes into today’s matchup vs Valparaiso, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.5 points per game. Through 17 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.

Beacons Preview:

Valparaiso will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Belmont in order to snap their current 4 game losing streak. Currently, the Beacons have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 6-4. So far, the Beacons have been the underdog 11 times, going 1-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

Ben Krikke comes into today’s game as the Beacons’ leading scorer at 18.0 points per contest. Not only has Krikke been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Valparaiso’s top rebounder at 5.76 boards per contest. Behind Krikke, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kobe King, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.59 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.9% of his shots and is adding 3.41 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Valparaiso this season, as they are currently ranked 214th in college basketball at 70.8 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 Beacons’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 309th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Belmont Bruins -5

Leading into this matchup, the Belmont Bruins are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -5. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Bruins’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Belmont has a field goal percentage of 48.9, good for 21st in college basketball. Although Belmont hasn’t been excellent vs the spread on the road of late, 3-6-1, we see their still being plenty of value in grabbing them at -5.

 


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