Belmont Bruins vs. Georgia Bulldogs, NIT Tournament 1st Round, Basketball Betting Odds, Picks and Prediction

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BELMONT BRUINS GEORGIA BULLDOGS
22-6 March 15, 7:00 PM | Stegeman Coliseum 19-14
Belmont at Georgia, Las Vegas Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Wednesday, March 15th – NIT TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Bottom Teams are Home
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
625 –Belmont Bruins +6½ -110 +240 Ov 149 -115
626 –Georgia Bulldogs -6½ -110 -285 Un 149 -105

The Belmont Bruins and the Georgia Bulldogs will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Stegeman Coliseum.

ABOUT BELMONT (22-6): The Bruins, who lost to SEC schools Vanderbilt and Florida in the first week of the season, shot just 8-of-38 from 3-point range in a 66-59 upset loss to Jacksonville State in the OVC tournament. Junior guard Austin Luke averaged 7.1 assists – second in the nation – in earning All-OVC First Team honors. Bradds is two points shy of 1,900 for his career and while shooting 67.2 percent over his four seasons.

ABOUT GEORGIA (19-14): Frazier and Maten finished third and fourth in the SEC, respectively, in scoring, with both earning All-SEC honors as Georgia attempts to win 20 games for the fourth consecutive season. Sophomore forward Derek Ogbeide averaged 8.3 rebounds overall in conference play and 9.5 over his last 14 contests. Georgia lost six SEC games in either the final minute of regulation or overtime.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bulldogs listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Bruins, while the game’s total is sitting at 149.

Georgia and Belmont find themselves in the same place they were last March – on the outside of the NCAA Tournament and facing each other in the opening round of the NIT. Belmont travels to Georgia on Wednesday looking to avoid the same fate as a year ago, as the Bulldogs won that matchup 93-84 behind 33 points from Yante Maten.

Georgia went 1-1 in the SEC tournament, but the best news was the return of Maten, who missed four games late in the season with a knee injury. The junior forward averaged 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, while senior guard J.J. Frazier finished at a team-high 18.5 points per game after averaging 25.7 over Georgia’s last seven contests. The Bruins, who won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title for the fourth time in five seasons, are in the postseason for the 11th time in 12 years and have posted a top-100 RPI in six consecutive seasons. Senior forward and two-time OVC Player of the Year Evan Bradds shot 63.4 percent while averaging 20.6 points and 8.6 rebounds.

Georgia was a 71-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wildcats. They earned a push of the +11-point spread as underdogs.

Belmont was a 65-59 loser in its last match at home against Gamecocks. They failed to cover the -8-point spread as favorites.

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Belmont:
Team record: 22-6 SU,14-11 ATS
Belmont is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
Belmont is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Belmont is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road

Georgia:
Team record: 19-14 SU,15-14-1 ATS
Georgia is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Georgia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia’s last 9 games

Next up:
Belmont at Georgia Wednesday, March 15

MARCH MADNESS TIPS

1. Maten, who was injured early in a loss to Kentucky on Feb. 18, has reached double figures in scoring in 26 of his 29 games.

2. Six Belmont players average nine or more points as the team finished fourth in the OVC in scoring (77.4 points).

3. The winner will meet either third-seed Indiana or No. 6 seed Georgia Tech in the second round.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Georgia Bulldogs will cover the spread at -6½ and the game will go over 149 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Georgia 84, Belmont 77 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BELMT TEAM GA
77.4 PTS FOR 71.7
69.2 PTS AGNST 70.2
8.2 DIFF. 1.5
26.8 DEF REBOUNDS 27.4
8.3 OFF REBOUNDS 9.7
47.3 FG% 44.0
76.9 FT% 75.4
10.0 3 POINTERS 5.2
4.5 STEALS 5.4

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