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Austin Peay vs. Tennessee-Martin - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (6-9) at Austin Peay Governors (7-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Winfield Dunn Center)

The Line: Austin Peay Governors -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSS

Headed our way from Dunn Center on Thursday, the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks will be taking on the Austin Peay Governors in college basketball action. 

Tenn-Martin is currently 6-9 on the year. The Skyhawks had a three-game win streak going, but fell to Belmont in their last outing. In that Belmont game, Tennessee-Martin’s Jailen Gill put up 15 points. 

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Austin Peay vs. Tennessee-Martin - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Heading up the scoring for Tennessee-Martin this year is Matthew Butler, with 16.3 PPG and 3.2 APG. The only other Skyhawks player in double-figures is Fatodd Lewis (14.9 PPG), who also leads the team in rebounding (8.7 RPG). 

Over on the Austin Peay side, they’re currently 7-7 this season. The Governors have won their last two games, taking out SIU-Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois. In that EIU game, Governors forward Averyl Ugba put up 17 points. 

Terry Taylor is the leading scorer for Austin-Peay this year on his 15.2 PPG and 8.1 RPG (also a team-high). Ugba, with 12.9 PPG and 7.1 RPG, and Dayton Gumm, with 11.8 PPG, are also in double-figures for the Governors. 

Tenn-Martin is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Skyhawks are also 5-13-1 ATS in the last 19 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Ohio Valley. 

Meanwhile, the Governors are 6-0 ATS in their last six versus the Ohio Valley and 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. Austin Peay is also 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. 

The Skyhawks have a couple of very good scorers on their top end, but the stats fall off the table after that, so depth scoring is a bit of an issue. Still, the Skyhawks have been playing better after sputtering to one win in their first eight games. Austin Peay is in something of the same boat, but they seem to have more talent overall. I’ll take the Governors here.

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