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Belmont Bruins vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/20/14

Eastern Illinois Panthers (9-17) at Belmont Bruins (20-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Curb Event Center)

The Line: Belmont Bruins -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

The Eastern Illinois Panthers shoot for the upset of the Belmont Bruins at the Curb Event Center.

If I had to describe Eastern Illinois I would say they are capable but don't come through often enough to be a factor in the Ohio Valley. With a few games left in the regular season the Panthers need to end a three game slide and build some momentum for the conference playoffs were everything is possible. The first order of business is to shake off a 72-60 loss at Murray State on Saturday where the Racers burned the nets at over 51% shooting with EIU countering with 41%. Sherman Blanford was a one man wrecking crew for the EIU attack with 26 points and eight pulls while Chris Olivier adding 14 points and five yanks.

Belmont Bruins vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/20/14

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Belmont has probably read about this isn't their strongest team and they might be smiling because they are still in first in the Ohio Valley albeit a tie with Murray State. The Bruins can still score like nobody's business but do tend to allow points as well although a 73-72 decision over Tennessee State was not vintage Belmont scoring. The Bruins connected at nearly 47% with the Tigers hanging tough with 42% accuracy and a few more makes at the charity stripe. The Bruins received 21 points from JJ Mann with Reece Chamberlain next in line with 19 points and and six helpers followed by a combined 18 points from Craig Bradshaw and Drew Windler with Windler posting five boards.

I always believe that if Belmont is clicking on all cylinders at home that nobody in the Ohio Valley can beat them and that holds true for Eastern Illinois who has to make shots to compete here or they are road kill. No interest for me...

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