Jacksonville State vs. Tennessee-Martin - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jacksonville State vs. Tennessee-Martin - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (8-18) at Jacksonville State Gamecocks (11-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Pete Mathews Coliseum)

The Line: Jacksonville State Gamecocks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UT Martin Skyhawks will travel to Pete Mathews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The UT Martin Skyhawks dropped to 8-18 (4-11 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 78-65, this past Thursday night. UT Martin went into halftime trailing by a 31-22 margin and couldn’t fight back after the Golden Eagles took a 59-48 lead with 7:44 left in regulation. UT Martin shot just 25.0% from beyond the arc and committed 15 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Skyhawks was Miles Thomas who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists.

On the season, UT Martin is averaging 75.9 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UT Martin has been led by Parker Stewart (19.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg), Quintin Dove (19.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Derek Hawthorne Jr. (13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg).

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Defensively, UT Martin is allowing their opponents to average 82.4 ppg on 49.6% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks have a rebound margin of -2.8 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 11-17 (6-9 OVC) on the season after defeating the SE Missouri State Redhawks, 65-58, this past Thursday. Jacksonville State defense helped bail out a tough offense performance for the Gamecocks and Jacksonville State was able to hold off the Redhawks after taking a 55-45 lead with 6:47 left in regulation. Jacksonville State won the turnover battle by a 16-9 margin and outrounded SE Missouri State by a 37-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Jacara Cross who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 72.5 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by De’Torrion Ware (12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), Jacara Cross (12.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg), and Kayne Henry (10.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg).

Defensively, Jacksonville State is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Skyhawks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games and 1-11 SU in their last 12 games on the road. The Gamecocks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at home.

UT Martin likes the keep the game at a fast pace which has the Skyhawks ranked 54th in scoring offense, however, UT Martin hasn’t been able to do anything defensively this season and currently rank just 346th in scoring defense and 348th in defensive FG%.

Jacksonville State comes into this game ranked 136th in scoring offense, 113th in FG%, and 192nd in scoring defense.

UT Martin has had a tough season, especially on the defensive end, however, this is a lot of points for Jacksonville State team that has lost 9 of their last 13 games to cover. Jacksonville State is going to have a hard time keeping the Skyhawks off the scoreboard in this one and although I don’t think UT Martin is going to win, I think they keep this one close enough to cover with the points. Good Luck!

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