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Tennessee-Martin vs Austin Peay College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/8/21

Tennessee-Martin vs Austin Peay College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/8/21
2021-02-08 19:00:00 EDT

The Austin Peay Governors and the UT-Martin Skyhawks meet in college basketball action from Skyhawk Arena on Monday night.

The Austin Peay Governors will look to bounce back from a 75-74 loss to Morehead State last time out. Terry Taylor leads Austin Peay in scoring with 21.7 PPG and in rebounding with 10.8 RPG while Jordyn Adams has 11.4 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Austin Peay coming into this game. Mike Peake has 9.7 PPG with 4.8 RPG and Carlos Paez has 8.6 PPG and a team-high 4.3 APG this season. As a team, Austin Peay is averaging 74.7 PPG on 46.3% shooting from the field, 35.2% from 3-point range and 71.6% from the foul line while allowing 69.8 PPG on 47% shooting from the field and 33.9% from 3-point range this season.

The UT-Martin Skyhawks will look to build off of a 66-64 win over Tennessee Tech last time out. Cameron Holden leads the Skyhawks in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 PPG and 7.5 RPG while Jaron Williams has 11.4 PPG and Anthony Thomas has 10.1 PPg to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UT-Martin up to this point in the season. Eden Holt also has 9.9 PPG and 3.4 APG for the Skyhawks while Kenton Eskridge has 3.8 APG for UT-Martin this season. As a team, UT-Martin is averaging 66.1 PPG on 38.9% shooting from the field, 33.6% from 3-point range and 73.9% from the foul line while allowing 77.4 PPG on 48.2% shooting from the field and 38% from 3-point range this season.

Austin Peay is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 26-10 in their last 36 road games. UT-Martin is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I’ll give UT-Martin credit for being a better team than I gave them credit for coming into this season, but the fact still is that this is one of the lower end teams in the OVC this season. Austin Peay hasn’t been the same cover team that made us a bunch of money in the past couple of seasons, but they’ve really stepped up their game lately picking up a solid win over Eastern Kentucky on the road before falling by one to Morehead State on the road, but it’s still five straight covers for Austin Peay. UT-Martin’s been able to beat the lower end teams on their schedule, but they still struggle against the good teams and I think that’s what we see here and as such, I’ll lay the points with Austin Peay on the road in this spot.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Austin Peay -11.5
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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and since then he's worked tirelessly to pick out winners across a wide range of sports from NBA,NHL,MLB and NFL and even into the college ranks of football and basketball as well. Chris has carried over his drive and determination from playing sports at a young age to crushing the competition on a daily basis here at Sports Chat Place!

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