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Tennessee-Martin vs. Morehead State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Morehead State Eagles (4-12) at Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (6-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Skyhawk Arena)

The Line: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks -5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Morehead State Eagles will travel to Skyhawk Arena to take on the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Morehead State Eagles lost their 6th consecutive game and dropped to 4-12 (0-5 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 78-75, this past Thursday. Morehead State made a late charge to make a game of it, however, couldn’t send the game into overtime after the Eagles, Lamontray Harris, missed a game-tying three-point attempt with :04 seconds left in regulation. Morehead shot just 28.0% (7-25) from beyond the arc and allowed the Redhawks to shoot 51.0% from the field in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was A.J. Hicks who had 21 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals. On the season, Morehead State is averaging 71.2 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (12.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Djimon Henson (11.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Lamontray Harris (9.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and A.J. Hicks (9.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 77.4 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of -3.1.

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Tennessee-Martin vs. Morehead State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-12 (1-4 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 78-70, this past Thursday. Tennessee-Martin had no answers for the Colonels, Dedric Boyd, who had 31 points and couldn’t fight back after Eastern Kentucky took a 59-43 lead midway through the 2nd half. Tennessee-Martin shot 41.9% from the field and 37.5% (9-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Skyhawks was Matthew Butler who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, Tennessee-Martin is averaging 72.7 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee-Martin has been led by Matthew Butler (17.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg), Darius Thompson (15.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Fatodd Lewis (13.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), and DelFincko Bogan (6.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.7 spg). Defensively, Tennessee-Martin is allowing their opponents to average 75.7 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games however, just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Skyhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

Morehead State hasn’t been able to pick up many wins this season and have struggled on both ends of the court as the Eagles rank 258th in scoring offense, T-289th in scoring defense, and 290th in defensive FG%. The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks have also had trouble picking up wins this season and come into this matchup ranked 221st in scoring offense and 260th in scoring defense. Morehead State has yet to win on the road this season, however, they were competitive in tough environments in Butler and Jacksonville State recently and as the Skyhawks haven’t shown me that they are capable of winning any game lately, I’m taking Morehead State and the points. 

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