Belmont Bruins visit Eastern Illinois Panthers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Belmont BruinsEastern Illinois Panthers
Feb 20, 8:00 PM | Lantz Arena

Belmont Bruins vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds

20-6TEAM RECORD8-19

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Belmont when they take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Wednesday in college hoops betting action.

The Panthers sit at 8-19 (9-13 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bruins are currently 20-6 (11-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Eastern Illinois is 9-7-2 OU, and Belmont is 12-8 OU.

View Belmont vs Eastern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Eastern Illinois opened as 13-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Panthers, most recently No. 323 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bruins, who rate No. 34 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 79-63 victory for the Bruins.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bruins is ranked No. 266 in NCAA hoops at 32.5 per game. Contrast that with Eastern Illinois’s No. 334 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Eastern Illinois is the No. 162-ranked team in the country at 6.2 per game, while Belmont rates No. 9 at 8.9 per game.

Defensively, Belmont features the nation's No. 164-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.1 points per game. Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 305 nationally in scoring at home.

Belmont lost its last outing, an 80-69 result against Tennessee State on February 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. The Bruins endured an 80-69 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Thursday, despite a 16-point effort from Kerron Johnson at Gentry Complex.

Eastern Illinois was a 79-70 winner in its last match at home against Murray State. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers grabbed a 79-70 win over the Racers on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Morris Woods at Lantz Arena.

Belmont Bruins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Tennessee State are 4-3
After a loss are 9-1

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Northern Illinois are 3-2
After playing Murray State are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Bruins at Panthers trends to consider:
Belmont is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Belmont is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Eastern Illinois's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Illinois's last 6 games at home
Eastern Illinois is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games at home
Eastern Illinois is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games

Next up:
Belmont home to Ohio, Saturday, February 23
Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois, Saturday, February 23

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