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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 29, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Johnson Arena (6,500) -- Morehead, Kentucky. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Belmont 8-1, MSU 7-2. Away Record: Belmont 6-6, MSU 6-5. Neutral Record: Belmont 2-0, MSU 1-1. Conference Record: Belmont 7-1, MSU 5-2. Series Record: Belmont leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Ohio Valley Conference clubs meeting for the second time in less than a week get together at Johnson Arena tonight, as the Belmont Bruins pay a visit to the Eagles of Morehead State.
Belmont had won four straight and eight of its last 10. Last Saturday, the Bruins downed Eastern Kentucky at home, 84-81.
Morehead State was also victorious on Saturday, outlasting Tennessee State on the road in overtime, 80-74. That was the Eagles third win in their last four outings.
Belmont is 3-0 in the series with Morehead State, winning both encounters last season, as well as defeating the Eagles last Thursday in Nashville, 80-66.
JJ Mann poured in 34 points as the Bruins outlasted Eastern Kentucky over the weekend. Craig Bradshaw added 21 points for Belmont, while Reece Chamberlain logged 14 points and seven assists, but also had eight turnovers. Belmont led at halftime, 50-30, and the Colonels never seriously challenged in the second stanza. The Bruins sank 56.7 percent from the floor, including 8-of-18 from beyond the arc, in the decisive opening period. EKU could not keep up, shooting just 37.5 percent in the frame.
The Bruins would probably feel comfortable turning this game into a shootout, as they have the personnel to match the Eagles. Belmont is averaging 79.0 ppg this year, second best in the OVC, on 50.1 percent shooting from the floor, good enough for tops in the league. Mann headlines a quartet of Bruins in double figures at 17.2 ppg. Bradshaw is a close second with 16.0 ppg, while Windler and Chamberlain check in with 10.6 and 10.5 ppg, respectively.
Angelo Warner scored 19 points, including seven in overtime, as Morehead State slipped by Tennessee State in overtime. Brent Arrington contributed 15 points, Drew Kelley 12 and Chad Posthumus 10 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles. During the extra session, Warner took over for Morehead State and guided the visitors to the win. The game featured 10 ties and nine lead changes.
Morehead State has the ability to hang with Belmont at the offensive end of the court, averaging a solid 78.4 ppg, third in the league. The team has also done a nice job on the glass, pulling down a league-best 39.6 rpg and outrebounding foes by 8.0 caroms per contest, also tops in the OVC. Warner paces the team and ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 17.5 ppg. Arrington is next on the team at 12.4 ppg, followed by Posthumus, who is averaging a double-double with 10.7 points and a conference-best 11.8 rebounds per game. Kareem Storey doesn't add much in terms of scoring (6.3 ppg), but he is second in the OVC in assists (5.5 apg).
In a battle of two of the top offenses in the Ohio Valley Conference, expect Morehead State to finally notch a win in this series and avenge their loss from six days ago.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Morehead State 77, Belmont 74
01/29 10:31:59 ET
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