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Belmont vs. Eastern Kentucky - 3/6/15 OVC Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (17-13) at Eastern Kentucky (19-10)

College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Belmont Bruins and Eastern Kentucky Colonels meet Friday night in the OVC semifinal.

The Belmont Bruins look to extend their five-game winning streak. On the season, Belmont is averaging 74.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and is allowing 70.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting.  Craig Bradshaw is averaging 17.9 points and 3.2 assists while Evan Bradds is averaging 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. Taylor Barnette is the third double-digit scorer and Reece Chamberlain is dishing 5.8 assists. The Belmont Bruins have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.2 percent from the line and 37.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Belmont is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in four of its last five games.

Belmont vs. Eastern Kentucky - 3/6/15 OVC Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. On the season, EKU is averaging 72.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Corey Walden is averaging 18.6 points and 3.6 assists while Eric Stutz is averaging 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Timmy Knipp is the third double-digit scorer and Ja'Mill Powell is dishing 1.1 assists. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 77.7 percent from the line and 35 percent from deep. Defensively, EKU is allowing 38.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in six straight games.

Eastern Kentucky is the far better team here and should get the victory. Take the Colonels before this line gets any higher. 

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Eastern Kentucky Colonels -1.5

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