Lindenwood Lions (5-14) vs. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (13-8)
January 26, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks -10 / Lindenwood Lions +10 ; Over/Under: 145.5
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The Lindenwood Lions and the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks meet Thursday in college basketball action from Elam Center. Lindenwood is 7-14 on the year so far. The Lions lost to Morehead State in their last game. As for TN-Martin, they’re 13-8 overall following a win over Eastern Illinois. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Lindenwood went 7-9 over their first 16 games, beating Hannibal-LaGrange, McNeese State, Idaho State, East-West, Knox, Tennessee Tech and Little Rock. The Lions have lost to TN State, SEMO, SIUE, Southern Indiana and Morehead State in their last quintet.
Matched up against Morehead State on Saturday, the Lions were outscored 39-33 in the first half. Lindenwood didn’t end up getting any closer and lost 72-63. Kevin Caldwell was tops in scoring with 20 points.
Over on the Tennessee-Martin side, they lost to Pittsburgh, Youngstown State, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, UNC Asheville and Little Rock in their first 16 games. The Skyhawks are 5-2 in their last seven with losses to only Tennessee Tech and Southern Indiana.
Back on Saturday versus Eastern Illinois, the Skyhawks were up 46-43 by halftime. Tennessee-Martin posted a 45-35 run in the second and won it 91-78. Both Parker Stewart and Chris Nix scored 19 points apiece.
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I’ll probably stick with TN-Martin in this one. The Skyhawks are coming off a pretty comfortable win over EIU at Elam, and they’ve rebounded from a fairly listless loss to Southern Indiana on January 14 with a combined 171 points in their last two games. As for Lindenwood, they haven’t been able to crack 65 points in four of their last five outings. If the Skyhawks get going early in this matchup, I think they’ll be able to keep the Lions at bay and power out a cover.