Morehead State Eagles (22-10) vs. Belmont Bruins (25-6)
March 4, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Belmont Bruins -4.5 / Morehead State Eagles +4.5; Over/Under: -
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The Morehead State Eagles and the Belmont Bruins meet in college basketball action from the Enterprise Center on Friday night.
The Morehead State Eagles punched their ticket to the semifinals by virtue of a 73-56 win over Tennessee Tech in their last game. Johni Broome leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 16.5 PPG and 10.6 RPG while Skyelar Potter has 10.6 PPG and 5.1 RPG and Tray Hollowell has 10.4 PPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Morehead State so far this season. Ta’lon Cooper also has 9 PPG, 4.6 RPG and a team-high 6 APG to lead the Eagles in the assist department. As a team, Morehead State is averaging 70.5 PPG on 46% shooting from the field, 35.8% from three and 67% from the foul line while allowing 63.9 PPG on 41% shooting from the field and 32.6% from three this season.
The Belmont Bruins enter the conference tournament rested after earning a double-bye as the #2 seed, finishing the year 25-6 overall and 15-3 in conference play this season. Ben Sheppard leads the Bruins in scoring with 16.3 PPG and Nick Muszynski has 15.9 PPG with 5.2 RPG and Will Richard has 11.8 PPG with 5.9 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Belmont so far this season. Grayson Murphy also has team-highs of 6.1 RPG and 5.9 APG to lead the Bruins in rebounding and assists as well this season. As a team, Belmont is averaging 79.4 PPG on 49.2% shooting from the field, 33.4% shooting from three and 74.1% from the foul line while allowing 68.7 PPG on 43% shooting from the field and 34.4% from three this season.
I get the case to be made for Belmont here, as the Bruins have sort of been there done that in these high-pressure situations. However, the Eagles were a thorn in the side of Belmont for much of the year, joining Murray State as the only teams to beat Belmont in conference play this season and the rematch was only a one-point win for the Bruins at home. I think Morehead State battles once again, so give me the Eagles in this one.