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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Belmont Bruins Preview and Predictions 11-12-2018 in NCAAB

Both teams hit the ground running and both are scoring a ton of points to open the season. Belmont has only played in one game so it’s a bit early to make any kind of judgment call as to scoring. The Blue Raiders have played two games in which they scored 91 against Lees McRae and 102 against Milligan. Taking nothing away from Milligan and Lees, we must point out that these games simply do not count. For all intent and purpose, these first two games of the season for the Raiders have been exhibition games and a warm-up drill against Division III and an NAIA. These games were simply “must win big” type games and they did win them big. They could have won them bigger but what was the point? Belmont won their season opener and the only game they have played to this point, by 11 points over the Illinois State Redbirds. The Redbirds are fairly obscure and in the NCAA basketball world, pretty unheard of, however, they are NCAA Division I so that means every win matters. Belmont had a good season last year but they have had better and they have even made some noise in the NCAA Tournament in the past. They have a tough schedule this year against teams such as UCLA and Purdue, not to mention their own conference which will prove to be a bottleneck for the top spot. This game tonight will be a good one and one that can go to the wire. If you like good shooting and good fundamentals, both of these teams deliver the goods. 

TV: 8:00 PM ET LINE: See Intertops for the latest line 

ABOUT MIDDLE TENNESSEE (2018/19 2-0): The Blue Raiders will face real competition for the first time this season when they take the hardwood against Belmont. The Blue Raiders are averaging 96.5 points per game and allowing 69.5 while shooting 53% from the floor and grabbing 52 rebounds. Antonino Green is the scoring star to this point with 24 ppg and 4 rpg. They will need him to deliver the good tonight and there is no reason that he can’t. Belmont allowed 89 points in their one game this season to an average of 69, over two games for the Raiders. Belmont plays bigger, faster and better than either team that the Raiders have faced but if they make their adjustments early, they will keep up all game long and keep this contest close.

ABOUT BELMONT (2018/19 1-0): The Bruins put together some very nice streaks last season after losing the season opener to the Washington Huskies. They went on to win 4 in a row, then lost 3 in a row to Providence, Lipscomb, and #23 TCU, they beat Green Bay and then immediately lost to Lipscomb again but then won the next 18 of 22 games. They were good down the stretch but not good enough to beat Murray State. Belmont finished the 2017-18 season with a 24-9 record and 15-3 in conference. They beat a lot of teams, a lot of bad teams and a few good teams but they were not good enough to find their way back to the NCAA Tournament. Tonight’s game is a test for this team and most feel they have the firepower to cover. 

EXTRA POINTS

1. Belmont better bring the defense for this one or they could find the ways of Wichita State!

2. All of the starters can spread the wealth for the Blue Raiders. Don’t go to sleep on this team.

3. Take the over. This will score a lot of points.

Prediction

Key Players to Watch

Stadium

Curb Event Center
Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Capacity: 5,000

Last Injuries

belmont-bruins-basketball Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Dylan Windler 29 0 613 73 41 386 211 128 108 192 83 53
Kevin McClain 29 0 471 121 31 341 160 131 90 164 61 13
Nick Muszynski 29 0 435 78 27 298 182 83 64 17 7 40
Grayson Murphy 29 0 287 189 20 235 118 43 25 70 26 23
Nick Hopkins 29 0 206 45 21 162 66 23 22 133 52 3
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Dylan Windler 29 0 246 18 41 62 62 0
Nick Muszynski 29 0 133 64 17 45 56 0
Grayson Murphy 29 0 108 2 49 71 58 0
Caleb Hollander 24 0 91 4 13 13 38 0
Kevin McClain 29 0 84 7 39 67 55 0