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Eastern Kentucky Colonels face Belmont Bruins: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Eastern Kentucky ColonelsBelmont Bruins
14-6January 25, 2014, 08:00 | Curb Event Center15-7

The visiting Eastern Kentucky Colonels hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Curb Event Center against the Belmont Bruins.

The Bruins sit at 15-7 (8-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Colonels are currently 14-6 (7-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Belmont is 7-10 OU, and Eastern Kentucky is 5-8 OU.

View Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Belmont Bruins Odds and Stats.

The Bruins were listed as -7-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Bruins sit at No. 242 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Colonels sit at No. 92 on the same chart.

Last time out for Eastern Kentucky, they were a 94-78 winner as they battled Tennessee State on the road. They covered in the match as an 8-point favorite. Eastern Kentucky earned a 94-78 victory over Tennessee State on Thursday, getting 24 points from Glenn Cosey at Gentry Complex.

Belmont won its last outing, an 80-66 result against Morehead State on January 23. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. The Bruins grabbed an 80-66 win over the Eagles on Thursday, behind a 24-point effort from Craig Bradshaw at Curb Event Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Belmont's No. 32-ranked offense, averaging 78.82 PPG, against a Colonels defense that ranks No. 118 at 68.85 PPG. The Bruins field goal percentage has averaged 50% so far, more than the Colonels marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.06% per game.

A few Colonels at Bruins trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Kentucky's last 5 games
Eastern Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Belmont is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Belmont is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Belmont is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Belmont is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Kentucky home to Tennessee-Martin, Thursday, January 30th
Belmont at Morehead State, Wednesday, January 29th