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Tennessee-Martin vs. Belmont - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Belmont Bruins (9-5) at Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (6-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Skyhawk Arena)

The Line: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some Ohio Valley Conference action on tap as the Belmont Bruins take on the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks in a college basketball matchup on Saturday evening.

The Belmont Bruins will look to keep the momentum going after winning their last 4 games, including a 94-72 win over Southeastern Missouri State in their last outing. Amanze Egekeze and Nick Hopkins tied for the team-high with 21 points each, with Egekeze going perfect with a 7 for 7 mark from the floor with 3 triples and a 4 for 4 mark from the foul line while Hopkins added 7 threes. Dylan Windler added 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 3 triples, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Kevin McClain added 12 points and 6 rebounds, finishing off the double digit scoring for the Bruins in the win. Austin Luke was held scoreless, but did dish out a team-high 8 assists in the win. Egekeze leads the team in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game, while Windler leads the team on the glass with 9.7 boards per game and Luke leads the way in assists with 7.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Belmont is scoring 77.1 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 75.6% from the foul line this season.

Tennessee-Martin vs. Belmont - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks will look to also build momentum after winning 3 straight and 5 of 6 after a 63-60 overtime victory in their last outing against Tennessee State. Jailen Gill led the team with 19 points on a perfect 8 of 8 from the floor with a team-high 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double. Darius Thompson came 2nd with 12 points and a team-high 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Fatodd Lewis added 10 points and 6 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for the Skyhawks in the win. Mike Fofana added 4 points, 9 rebounds and a pair of steals in the win for UTM. Matthew Butler added 8 points, but still leads the team with an average of 16.6 points and 3.1 assists per game, while Lewis is the team’s top rebounder with 8.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Tennessee-Martin is scoring 74.5 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 33.7% from the 3-point line and 76.5% from the foul line this season.

Belmont is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win. Tennessee-Martin is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Belmont is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. 

It’s never easy to go on the road, win and cover, let alone by double figures. The problem is that a lot of those covers were as big underdogs. This will be the real test for Belmont, but considering their track record against the Skyhawks, I think Belmont has enough all around talent to go on the road and escape with a win so I’ll lay the points with Belmont here.

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