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Bellarmine Knights @ Cent. Arkansas Bears

Current Records: Bellarmine 4-14, Cent. Arkansas 5-13

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Cent. Arkansas will be in front of their home fans on Saturday, but a look at the spread shows they might need that home-court advantage. The Cent. Arkansas Bears and the Bellarmine Knights will face off in an Atlantic Sun battle at 4:30 p.m. ET at Farris Center. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W'.

It's hard to win when you don't work as a unit and post 17 fewer assists than your opponent, a fact Cent. Arkansas found out the hard way on Thursday. They suffered a grim 86-63 defeat to the Colonels. Cent. Arkansas has struggled against Eastern Kentucky recently, as their contest on Thursday was their third consecutive lost matchup.

Meanwhile, Bellarmine's recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Thursday after their seventh straight loss. They took a 69-53 bruising from the Lions.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the score, Bellarmine struggled to get the ball back on offense and finished the game with only three offensive rebounds. They are winless (0-3) when they can't control their own glass like that.

The Bears' defeat dropped their record down to 5-13. As for the Knights, their loss was their seventh straight on the road, which bumped their record down to 4-14.

Saturday's matchup is shaping up to be a scrappy match: Cent. Arkansas have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 36.6 rebounds per game. It's a different story for Bellarmine, though, as they've been averaging only 32.1 rebounds per game. Given Cent. Arkansas' sizeable advantage in that area, Bellarmine will need to find a way to close that gap.

Cent. Arkansas and Bellarmine were neck-and-neck in their previous matchup back in February of 2023, but Cent. Arkansas came up empty-handed after a 68-67 loss. Will Cent. Arkansas have more luck at home instead of on the road?

Odds

Bellarmine is a slight 2.5-point favorite against Cent. Arkansas, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Knights as a 1.5-point favorite.


The over/under is set at 145.5 points.

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Series History

Bellarmine has won all of the games they've played against Cent. Arkansas in the last 2 years.

  • Feb 19, 2023 - Bellarmine 68 vs. Cent. Arkansas 67
  • Feb 16, 2022 - Bellarmine 79 vs. Cent. Arkansas 69
  • Jan 11, 2022 - Bellarmine 85 vs. Cent. Arkansas 63