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Eastern Kentucky vs. Tennessee-Martin - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (8-17) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-17)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -1.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6256&type=Live
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NCAA BB | Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (8-17) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-17)
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The UT Martin Skyhawks and Eastern Kentucky Colonels meet Thursday in college basketball action at the McBrayer Arena.

The UT Martin Skyhawks need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The UT Martin Skyhawks are averaging 69.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Matthew Butler is averaging 16 points and 2.9 assists while Darius Thompson is averaging 14.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. Fatodd Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and DelFincko Bogan is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The UT Martin Skyhawks are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The UT Martin Skyhawks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The UT Martin Skyhawks have lost 11 of their last 14 road games.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are averaging 71.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 77.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Nick Mayo is averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds while Dedric Boyd is averaging 13.7 points and two assists. DeAndre Dishman is the third double-digit scorer and Jackson Davis is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have lost six straight home games.

The Skyhawks are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Colonels are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games. The Skyhawks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Eastern Kentucky, 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

I'm not trying to bet on either one of these teams, as they both struggle to score and the wins simply aren't there. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have dropped six straight and are being outscored by 15.4 points in their last five games. However, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels did beat the UT Martin Skyhawks on the road last month by eight points despite being four point underdogs. That has to count for something in this subpar CBB matchup. I'll lay the bucket with Eastern Kentucky.

Pick:
Eastern Kentucky Colonels -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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