Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (10-7) vs. Tennessee State Tigers (9-7)
January 12, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Tennessee State Tigers -3 / Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks +3 ; Over/Under: 153
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The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks and the Tennessee State Tigers meet Thursday in college basketball action from Gentry Complex. TN-Martin enters this matchup at 10-7 overall. The Skyhawks lost to Tennessee Tech in their last game. As for Tennessee State, they’re 10-7 as well after a win over Lindenwood back on Saturday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
TN-Martin posted a 7-5 run over their first 12 with losses to Ole Miss, Arkansas State, UNC Asheville, Pittsburgh and Youngstown State. The Skyhawks are 3-2 in their last five with losses to LittleRock and Tennessee Tech.
In the Tennessee Tech matchup on Saturday, the Skyhawks scored 40 points in the first half, 31 in the second and nine in overtime during a tough 84-80 loss. KJ Simon was the top scorer on 19 points with five rebounds.
Over on the Tennessee State side, they were also 7-5 after 12 games, losing to Southern Illinois, High Point, Saint Louis, Austin Peay and Charleston Southern. The Tigers are 3-2 in their last five with losses to SIUE and Morehead State.
On Saturday versus Lindenwood, the Tigers were outscored 32-18 in the first half. Tennessee State bounced back with a 42-25 run in the second and won it 60-57. Jr. Clay was tops in scoring with 22 points and four assists.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on Tennessee State here. You could probably make a good case either way, though; it should be a solid matchup. The Tigers got into a little trouble against Lindenwood in their last game, but ultimately the team rallied and got the win. Tennessee State is a sketchy 2-2 over their last four games, but they’ve hit 72 or more points in eight of their last nine games. As for TN-Martin, they’ve hit 74 or more in nine of their last 10 games. This one’s looking like a high-scoring total; if Tennessee State plays well I think they can bang out a cover.