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Buccaneers face Belmont Bruins: NCAAB odds preview and stats

East Tennessee State BuccaneersBelmont Bruins
March 2, 6:00 PM | Mercer University Center

East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs Belmont Bruins Odds

17-13TEAM RECORD25-7

East Tennessee State travels to Belmont on Friday, hoping to boost its 17-13 record with a victory over the Bruins.

This game is part of the Atlantic Sun Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. The game is being played at Mercer University Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Buccaneers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 0-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bruins are 2-3 ATS. East Tennessee State is 1-0 against the total, while Belmont is 3-2 versus the number.

View East Tennessee State vs Belmont Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 89-ranked Bruins and the No. 205-rated Buccaneers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 85-74 win for the Bruins on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Buccaneers rank No. 184 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.4 per game. That compares with Belmont’s No. 84 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Belmont is college basketball's No. 12-ranked team at 8.7 per game, while the Buccaneers rate No. 334 with 4.1 per game.

Defensively, East Tennessee State features the nation's No. 72-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.5 points per game. Belmont, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, East Tennessee State was a 68-66 winner at home against North Florida. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Isiah Brown scored 22 points leading the Buccaneers to a 68-66 victory over North Florida at Mercer University Center on Thursday.

Belmont was a 76-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Jacksonville. They failed to cover the 16-point spread as favorites. Kerron Johnson scored 19 points leading the Bruins to a 76-62 victory over Jacksonville at Mercer University Center on Wednesday.

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