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Eastern Illinois Panthers visit Belmont Bruins in college basketball clash

Eastern Illinois PanthersBelmont Bruins
9-17February 20, 2014, 08:00 | Curb Event Center20-8

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Belmont vs Eastern Illinois battle Thursday at Curb Event Center as the Bruins look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Bruins sit at 20-8 (10-15 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Panthers are currently 9-17 (8-15-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Belmont is 11-12 OU, and Eastern Illinois is 13-10 OU.

View Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Belmont Bruins Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bruins as -15.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bruins rated this week at No. 79 and the Panthers sitting at No. 195.

Eastern Illinois was a 72-60 loser in its last match on the road against Murray State. They earned a push of the 12-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois got 26 points from Sherman Blanford on the way to a 72-60 loss against Murray State on Saturday at CFSB Center.

In their last action, Belmont was a 73-71 winner at home against Tennessee State. They failed to cover the 15.5-point spread as favorites. Belmont earned a 73-71 victory over Tennessee State on Thursday, getting 21 points from J.J. Mann at Curb Event Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Belmont's No. 19-ranked scoring average of 79.82 PPG, against a Panthers defense rated No. 200 and allowing 73.42 PPG. The Bruins FG% has averaged 49.74% to date this season, more than the Panthers shooters have managed so far (43.91% per game).

A few Panthers at Bruins trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 7-13-1 ATS in its last 21 games
Eastern Illinois is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games
Eastern Illinois is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Belmont is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Belmont is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Belmont is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Belmont is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Illinois home to Chicago State, Monday, February 24th
Belmont at SIU Edwardsville, Wednesday, February 26th