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Murray State vs. Tennessee-Martin - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (18-12) at Murray State Racers (15-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm (CFSB Center)

The Line: Murray State Racers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=3312

The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks will travel to the CFSB Center to take on the Murray State Racers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks won their 8th straight game and improved to 18-12 (10-5 OVC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee State Tigers, 72-56). Tennessee-Martin had just a 33-31 halftime lead in this one but used a strong defensive 2nd half to outscore the Tigers by a 39-25 margin to secure the double-digit victory. Tennessee-Martin shot 48.0% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from beyond the arc. The Skyhawks held the Tigers to 40.3% shooting from the field and 15.8% (3-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Tennessee-Martin was Twymond Howard who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, the Skyhawks have been led by Twymond Howard (15.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), Myles Taylor (12.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg), and Alex Anderson (11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Tennessee-Martin is averaging 72.9 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Skyhawks average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.99. Defensively, Tennessee-Martin is allowing their opponents to average 70.2 ppg on 43.1% shooting. The Skyhawks have a rebound margin of 2.7 and average 5.9 steals per game.

Murray State vs. Tennessee-Martin - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Murray State Racers had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-13 (9-6 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 85-74, this past Thursday. Murray State struggled defensively in the 1st half and couldn’t make a comeback after falling behind by a 44-32 margin at halftime. Murray State shot 43.1% from the field and 31.8% (7-22) from beyond the arc. The Racers allowed the Panthers to shoot 58.0% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from three-point range. Leading the way for Murray State was Damarcus Croaker who had 26 points and an assist. On the season, the Racers have been led by Jeffery Moss (13.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), Wayne Langston (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Bryce Jones (12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Murray State is averaging 71.0 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field and 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Racers average 7.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.18. Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to average 67.9 ppg on 45.8% shooting. The Racers have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Skyhawks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Racers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.

Tennessee-Martin has been one the hottest teams in the OVC and propelled themselves to 1st place in the OVC West division with their current 8-game winning streak that started with a 63-59 victory over Murray State. Murray State has an above average defense that ranks 77th in the country in scoring defense and has been solid on the offensive end as of late, averaging 75.2 ppg over their last five games. Murray State has been solid at home this season posting a 9-4 home record however, as I think this one is going to come down to the wire, I’m going to take Tennessee-Martin and the points in this one. 

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