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Belmont (18-1, 12-0) vs. Eastern Illinois (6-13, 3-9).

Lantz Arena, Charleston, Illinois; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EST

. BOTTOM LINE: Belmont tries to find its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Eastern Illinois. Belmont has actually won by an average of 24 points in its last 8 wins over the Panthers. Eastern Illinois’ last win in the series began Jan. 10, 2015, an 84-73 win.

SENIOR STUDS: Eastern Illinois has actually relied greatly on its senior citizens this year. Marvin Johnson, Josiah Wallace, Kashawn Charles and Henry Abraham have actually combined to account for 53 percent of all Panthers scoring this season, though that figure has actually dropped to 29 percent over the last 5 video games.

OVC ENHANCEMENT: The Bruins have scored 74.2 points per video game across 12 conference games, an enhancement from the 78.7 per game they tape-recorded over 6 non-conference games.MIGHTY MARVIN: Johnson has connected on 33.3 percent of the 60 3-pointers he’s tried. He’s likewise transformed 72.1 percent of his complimentary throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: Eastern Illinois is 0-10 this year when it scores 67 points or less and 6-3 when it ratings at least 68.

BEHIND THE ARC: Belmont’s Luke Smith has actually tried 129 3-pointers and connected on 41.9 percent of them, and is 10 for 27 over the last 5 games.

DID YOU KNOW: The Belmont offense has actually scored 82.5 points per game this season, ranking the Bruins 16th among Division I teams. The Eastern Illinois defense has enabled 74.3 points per video game to challengers (ranked 241st total).

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