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Belmont vs. Eastern Illinois - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (4-11) at Belmont Bruins (10-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Curb Event Center)

The Line: Belmont Bruins -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Belmont Bruins square off Saturday at the Curb Event Center.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers are desperate for a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 66.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Trae Anderson is averaging 14.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while Cornell Johnston is averaging 10.7 points and five assists. A.J. Riley is the third double-digit scorer and Casey Teson is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. Eastern Illinois is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.5 turnovers per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

Belmont vs. Eastern Illinois - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Belmont Bruins look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Belmont Bruins are averaging 82.5 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 80 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Evan Bradds is averaging 17.6 points and 9.5 rebounds while Craig Bradshaw is averaging 17.2 points and 3.1 assists. Taylor Barnette is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Luke is dishing 6.2 assists. The Belmont Bruins are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. Belmont is allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.4 turnovers per game. The Belmont Bruins have won 12 straight home games.

The Panthers are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bruins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Eastern Illinois is in a major funk right now and going on the road to play a Belmont team that can really shoot lights out of the gym isn't going to help. Look for the Bruins to win this contest in an ugly blowout. 

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Belmont Bruins -17

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