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Eastern Illinois Panthers (18-15)


Thu. 2/26 Wed. 3/4 Thu. 3/5 Tue. 3/17 Mon. 3/23
@ Murray 
L 57-65
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vs. SIUE 
W 78-66
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@ Belmnt 
L 64-97
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@ Oak 
W 97-91
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vs. Evan 
L 68-83
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Belmont rolls into OVC semis with 97-64 victory over EIU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Craig Bradshaw made five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points and third-seeded Belmont overwhelmed sixth-seeded Eastern Illinois 97-64 in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Thursday night.

Belmont will take on No. 2 seed Eastern Kentucky on Friday night.

Evan Bradds and Nick Smith, the latter with four 3-pointers, scored 14 points each for Belmont (20-10) with Amanze Egekeze adding 12 and Mack Mercer 10. Reece Chamberlain added nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Bruins shot 61 percent and made 16 of 27 from beyond the arc (59.3 percent). Belmont had a 38-23 advantage on the boards.

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Leaders
Points: T. Anderson13.2
Rebounds: T. Anderson4.9
Assists: C. Johnston4.7
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: T. Anderson65.1%
3P%: C. Johnston51.9%
Steals: L. Viser1.3
Blocks: C. Olivier1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky37-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin34-3
4 Duke31-4
5 Arizona34-3
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga34-2
8 Notre Dame32-5
9 Iowa State25-9
10 Kansas27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky37-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin34-3
4 Arizona34-3
5 Duke31-4
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga34-2
8 Notre Dame32-5
9 UNI31-4
10 Iowa State25-9
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Ohio Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
East
Belmont 11-5 22-11
Eastern Kentucky 11-5 21-12
Morehead State 10-6 17-17
Jacksonville State 5-11 12-19
Tennessee Tech 4-12 12-18
Tennessee State 2-14 5-26
West
Murray State 16-0 29-6
UT Martin 10-6 21-12
Eastern Illinois 9-7 18-15
SIUE 8-8 12-16
Southeast Missouri State 7-9 13-17
Austin Peay 3-13 8-22
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 63.5 (276)
Rebounds: 7.7 (333)
Assists: 13.2 (117)
FG%: 44.0% (135)
FT%: 65.2% (305)
3P%: 37.5% (57)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 64.7 (128)
Rebounds: 22.7 (247)
Assists: 11.8 (119)
FG%: 41.6% (103)
FT%: 71.3% (290)
3P%: 34.1% (173)
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