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Belmont vs. Eastern Illinois - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Illinois at Belmont
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Curb Event Center
Nashville, TN
The Line
Belmont Bruins -17 -- Over/Under: 158
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Belmont Bruins meet in OVC college basketball action from the Curb Event Center on Thursday night.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will look to rebound after an 88-79 loss to Southeast Missouri State in their last outing. Ben Harvey led the Panthers with 29 points on 11 of 14 shooting with 3 threes while Josiah Wallace added 12 points and Mack Smith chipped in 11 points with 3 threes and a team-high 6 assists. Kashawn Charles added 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Eastern Illinois in the loss. JaQualis Matlock added 9 points with 4 blocks while Shareef Smith chipped in 6 points with a team-high 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Wallace leads Eastern Illinois in scoring with 15.1 points per game while Matlock leads the Panthers in rebounding with 4.8 rebounds per game and Smith leads the Panthers in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Eastern Illinois is averaging 72.9 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the arc and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

The Belmont Bruins will look to add to their current 9-game winning streak after a 93-65 win over Tennessee Tech in their last outing. Dylan Winder led the Bruins with 21 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 9 rebounds. Kevin McClain came 2nd with 16 points with 3 threes, 3 assists and a pair of steals. Nick Hopkins added 11 points with 3 triples 4 steals and 3 assists while Seth Adelsperger chipped in 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Belmont in the win. Nick Muszynski added 8 points with a team-high 5 assists as well in the victory for the Bruins. Windler leads Belmont by averaging a double-double per game with 20.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while Murphy leads Belmont in assists with 6 helpers per game this season. As a team, Belmont is averaging the 3rd-most points per game in D-I, scoring 86.8 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field, the 9th-best field goal percentage in the country, along with a 36.8% 3-point percentage and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

Eastern Illinois is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Belmont is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 20-9 in their last 29 conference games. Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Belmont.

This feels like a lot of points to lay on the surface given how well the Panthers have played on the road. However, in the brief history between these two teams, Belmont has gone 8-2, winning by an average of 23.2 points per game in those victories. The Panthers just don’t have a history of keeping pace here, so I’ll lay the points with Belmont at home in this one.

Pick:
Belmont -17

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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