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NCAAB Game Preview - Buccaneers underdogs vs Bruins at Belmont

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

East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs Belmont Bruins Odds

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Mercer University Center will host Bruins vs. Buccaneers action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

This is a conference playoff game in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Mercer University Center.

The Buccaneers will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 0-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Bruins are 2-3 ATS. East Tennessee State is 1-0 on the totals; Belmont is 3-2.

View East Tennessee State vs Belmont Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Belmont opened as 12-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.

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.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Belmont's No. 84-rated squad against East Tennessee State's No. 184-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Belmont rates No. 12 in the country with 8.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 334 nationally with 4.1 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, East Tennessee State owns the country's No. 72-rated mark, allowing 65.5 points per game on the highway. Belmont, on the other hand, rates No. 8 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.