Eastern Kentucky Colonels host Belmont Bruins in college basketball action
Belmont Bruins vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels Odds
Paul S. McBrayer Arena will host Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. Belmont Bruins action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
This season, the Colonels are 16-4 overall and 7-4-1 ATS ATS, while the Bruins are 16-4 and 8-9 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Eastern Kentucky boasts a 5-5-1 on the OU, and Belmont is 8-6.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Eastern Kentucky Colonels as 3-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Colonels at No. 167 and the Bruins at No. 13 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 83-77 result in favor of the Bruins.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Eastern Kentucky's No. 80-ranked scoring average of 72.1 PPG, against a Bruins defense rated No. 102 and allowing 62.9 PPG. The Colonels FG% has averaged 47.3% to date this season, less than the Bruins shooters have managed so far (48.5% per game).
Defensively, Belmont features the nation's No. 117-rated defense on the road, allowing 67 points per game. Eastern Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 85 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Belmont, they were a 64-63 winner as they battled Morehead State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite. The Bruins got 20 points from Ian Clark as Belmont ran past Morehead State 64-63 on Thursday at Ellis Johnson Arena.
Eastern Kentucky was a 76-67 winner in their most recent outing at home against Tennessee State. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Eastern Kentucky got 24 points from Mike DiNunno en route to a 76-67 victory over Tennessee State on Thursday at Paul S. McBrayer Arena.
Belmont Bruins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Morehead State are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
Eastern Kentucky Colonels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Tennessee-Martin are 4-6
After playing Tennessee State are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
A few Bruins at Colonels trends to consider:
Belmont is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Belmont is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Eastern Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Eastern Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Eastern Kentucky is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Eastern Kentucky is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Belmont home to Morehead State, Thursday, January 31
Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee-Martin, Thursday, January 31