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Normally, a simple basketball spread doesn’t warrant it’s own post. But with the Bruins earning their highest seed in school history, and being tasked with keeping the Ohio Valley Conference’s four-year win streak alive, I thought it was worth noting.

Belmont is opening as a four-point underdog to Arizona. The Bruins will face the Wildcats on Thursday in Salt Lake City, UT. Tip is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. CST on TNT.

It’s actually the larges spread of the 6-11 games. MTSU and St. Mary’s are in a play-in game on Tuesday. Minnesota is actually a three-point favorite over six seed UCLA. In the East Region, 11th seeded Bucknell is a 3.5 point underdog to 6-seeded Butler.

The Bruins are a trendy upset pick among many pundits in the first round, but almost all have New Mexico moving on to the Sweet 16, regardless who wins the Belmont / Arizona matchup.

If Belmont gets past the first round, the Bruins will face the winner of New Mexico and Harvard on Saturday.


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Final Word (11/13): Jacksonville State stands alone…in basketball too.

2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)

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