The Indiana State Sycamores (21-11, 13-7 MVC) and the Belmont Bruins (21-10, 14-6 MVC) play in the MVC Tournament Friday at Enterprise Center. Gametime is at 3:30 PM.
Indiana State is a small 2.5-point favorite against Belmont when the Sycamores take the court against the Bruins on Friday. The game has a point total of 153.5.
Indiana State vs. Belmont Odds
Point Spread for Indiana State vs. Belmont
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Indiana State as the favorite.
Indiana State vs. Belmont Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Indiana State has -144 odds to pick up the win, while Belmont is listed at +121 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 153.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 3, 2023
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: St. Louis, Missouri
- Arena: Enterprise Center
Indiana State vs. Belmont Betting Trends
Indiana State has played 31 games, with 20 wins against the spread. The Sycamores have won in 18, or 72%, of the 25 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Indiana State’s games this year have gone over the total in 14 out of 30 opportunities (46.7%).
Belmont has 15 wins against the spread in 30 games this year. The Bruins have put together a 4-4 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 50% of those games). Belmont has gone over the point total 56.7% of the time this year (17 of 30 games with a set point total).
Indiana State vs. Belmont Key Players to Watch
Courvoisier McCauley puts up 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game — both team highs. He is also averaging 0.9 assists, shooting 43.7% from the floor and 37.4% from downtown with 3.1 made 3-pointers per game. Cameron Henry leads the Sycamores at 3.7 assists per contest, while also posting 4.6 rebounds and 10 points. Robbie Avila puts up 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Cooper Neese is averaging 10.9 points, 1.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Ben Sheppard is posting team highs in points (18.8 per game) and assists (3). And he is producing 5.2 rebounds, making 47.5% of his shots from the field and 40.6% from beyond the arc, with 2.5 triples per contest. The Bruins receive 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game from Cade Tyson. The Bruins receive 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game from Drew Friberg. Ja’Kobi Gillespie gives the Bruins 9.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest. He also delivers 1.5 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the Indiana State Sycamores
So far this season, eight out of Indiana State’s 21 MVC games have gone over the point total. This year, the Sycamores are posting 79.3 points per game (27th-ranked in college basketball) and surrendering 68.6 points per contest (132nd-ranked). Indiana State is 185th in college basketball with 31.6 rebounds per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 122nd with 30.2 rebounds allowed per game.
Indiana State sports a 34.7% three-point percentage this year (161st-ranked in college basketball), but it has really thrived by sinking 9.3 three-pointers per game (25th-best). The Sycamores are ceding 6.6 three-pointers per game (99th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 32% (71st-ranked) from beyond the arc.
The Sycamores have a 9-1 record against the spread while going 8-2 overall over their past 10 games. Indiana State has hit the over in four of its last 10 games. In its last 10 games, Indiana State has been scoring 83.1 points per contest, an average that’s slightly higher than the 79.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Indiana State’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (65.3) is 3.3 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (68.6).
What you need to know about the Belmont Bruins
In Belmont’s 20 chances this season in MVC action, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 12 times. The Bruins put up 76 points per game and allow 71.1, making them 80th in the nation on offense and 211th defensively. In 2022-23, Belmont is 270th in the country in rebounds (30.2 per game) and 252nd in rebounds conceded (32.1).
Beyond the arc, Belmont is 19th-best in the country in 3-pointers made per game at 9.5. And it is 13th-best in 3-point percentage at 38.6%. In 2022-23, the Bruins are 139th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (6.9 per game) and 238th in defensive 3-point percentage (34.7%).
The Bruins have a 4-5-1 record against the spread while finishing 6-4 overall over their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Belmont has gone over the total seven times. Belmont is averaging 78.6 points per contest in its previous 10 games, compared to its season average of 76. The Bruins are surrendering 72.9 points per game over their previous 10 games, which is 1.8 more points than they are allowing for the season (71.1).
Indiana State vs. Belmont Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is Indiana State, and we predict that Indiana State will cover the spread (Indiana State -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 153.5 points.
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