Who's Playing

Belmont @ Eastern Illinois

Current Records: Belmont 14-5; Eastern Illinois 2-16

What to Know

The Belmont Bruins are 8-0 against the Eastern Illinois Panthers since January of 2016, and they'll have a chance to extend that success Monday. Belmont and EIU will face off in an Ohio Valley battle at 6 p.m. ET at Lantz Arena. The Bruins won both of their matches against the Panthers last season (79-66 and 89-61) and are aiming for the same result this time around.

Belmont came up short against the Morehead State Eagles this past Thursday, falling 83-74.

Meanwhile, EIU has to be aching after a bruising 87-58 loss to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks this past Saturday.

The losses put Belmont at 14-5 and EIU at 2-16. A pair of offensive stats to keep an eye on: The Bruins enter the game with a 49.50% field goal percentage, good for 10th best in college basketball. Less enviably, the Panthers are 357th worst in college basketball in points per game, with only 55.7 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against EIU.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday at 6 p.m. ET
  • Where: Lantz Arena -- Charleston, Illinois
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Bruins are a big 25-point favorite against the Panthers, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Bruins, as the game opened with the Bruins as a 23.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Belmont have won all of the games they've played against Eastern Illinois in the last eight years.

  • Feb 04, 2021 - Belmont 89 vs. Eastern Illinois 61
  • Jan 21, 2021 - Belmont 79 vs. Eastern Illinois 66
  • Jan 04, 2020 - Belmont 87 vs. Eastern Illinois 55
  • Feb 21, 2019 - Belmont 99 vs. Eastern Illinois 58
  • Jan 25, 2018 - Belmont 81 vs. Eastern Illinois 59
  • Jan 13, 2018 - Belmont 75 vs. Eastern Illinois 66
  • Jan 25, 2017 - Belmont 77 vs. Eastern Illinois 64
  • Jan 09, 2016 - Belmont 85 vs. Eastern Illinois 59