Tennessee-Martin vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (7-22) at Tennessee-Martin (8-19)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Skyhawk Arena)
The Line: Tennessee-Martin -4 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars (7-22, CONF 4-12) and UT Martin Skyhawks (8-19, CONF 4-12) face off in an Ohio Valley showdown at the Elam Center. Tennessee Martin knocked off SIU Edwardsville 79-76 earlier this season.
SIU Edwardsville have had a lot of issues this season and coming into this game they have lost three games in a row. In the Cougars last game against Murray State, the defense had a lot of success giving up only 59 points but the offense couldn’t do enough and that led to a one point loss.
On the road this season SIU Edwardsville has won only three of the 13 games and the biggest issue has been with the defense that is giving up 76.2 points per game. The offense for Edwardsville also hasn’t been great averaging only 63.6 points per game.
SIU Edwardsville is led by Zeke Moore who is averaging 12.9 points while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
UT Martin has also had a lot of issues this season and coming into this game they have lost four of the last five games. The one win for the Skyhawks during that stretch was over EIU, knocking them off in overtime by a point.
At home Tennessee Martin has a 5-5 record and when they struggle it’s because of the defense that is giving up 80.4 points per game. The offense has been fine for the Skyhawks averaging 73.4 points per game overall, but they need the defense to be better in this game.
SIU Edwardsville is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games overall. Tennesse Martin is 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games as a favorite.
The over is 23-8 in UTM’s last 12 home games. The over is 6-2 in SIU Edwardsville last eight road games.
Tennessee Martin isn’t the favorite a whole lot, but when they are, there is a really good reason for it. Look for the Skyhawks to run up the score and and the Cougars will have no answer. Back Tennessee Martin to win the game and cover the spread.