Check out our free Kennesaw State vs Bellarmine pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Louisville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Kennesaw State vs Bellarmine Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds
Owls vs Knights Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kennesaw State Owls at Bellarmine Knights
- Where: Louisville at Freedom Hall
- Date: Thursday, February 2nd
- Betting Odds: Kennesaw State -3.5, KENEST -176 | BELLA +143 O/U 132.5
Kennesaw State heads into this matchup having played 23 games and have an overall record sitting at 17-6. So far, the Owls have played 12 games on the road, with a record of 7-5. This season, Kennesaw State has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 10-1. For today’s contest, Kennesaw State has a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
Kennesaw State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chris Youngblood who is averaging 14.39 points per game for the Owls. Youngblood 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 Owls’ offensive game plan is the play of Terrell Burden who has hit 49.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.22 points per game.
On offense, Kennesaw State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 444th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Owls’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. So far, 38.45% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.5%.
Bellarmine will take the floor against the Owls with an overall record of 10-13. So far this season, Bellarmine has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-4. For the season, Bellarmine has been the underdog in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 6-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Knights being +3.5 point underdogs.
Bellarmine’s leading scorer this season is Garrett Tipton, who is averaging 12.39 points per contest. So far, Tipton has accounted for 18.91% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.52 rebounds per game and 1.96 assists. Ben Johnson is the second leading scorer for the Knights, averaging 9.91 points per game. Between him and Johnson, they are accounting for 33.4% 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Bellarmine Knights +3.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Kennesaw State and Bellarmine are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 8.32 and 7.79 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Bellarmine Knights to cover as +3.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Owls’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Kennesaw State. At +3.5 we like the chances of Bellarmine covering the spread as underdogs.