Tennessee-Martin vs. Eastern Illinois - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Illinois Panthers (9-17) at Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (9-19)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Skyhawk Arena)
The Line: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Illinois Panthers and UT Martin Skyhawks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Skyhawk Arena.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 66.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Montell Goodwin is averaging 14.6 points and three assists while Jajuan Starks is averaging 11.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. Muusa Dama is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Terrell Lewis is dishing 4.8 assists. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have split their last six road games.
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The UT Martin Skyhawks need a victory after losing five of their last six games. The UT Martin Skyhawks are averaging 69.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Matthew Butler is averaging 15.7 points and 2.8 assists while Darius Thompson is averaging 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Fatodd Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and DelFincko Bogan is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The UT Martin Skyhawks are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The UT Martin Skyhawks are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The UT Martin Skyhawks have lost seven straight home games.
The Panthers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Skyhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Panthers are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Tenn-Martin, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The home team has won eight of the last nine meetings between UT Martin and Eastern Illinois. Neither team is playing winning ball right now, but that trend is key, especially when you consider Eastern Illinois is being outscored by 8.4 points on the road this season while UT Martin is only being outscored by 2.1 points at home. A battle between two clubs that are dying to get a victory, you have to give the edge to the home team. I'll lay the bucket.