Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (5-4) at Fresno State Bulldogs (8-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs -17 -- Over/Under: 153.5
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The UT Martin Skyhawks will travel to the Save Mart Center to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The UT Martin Skyhawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-4 on the season after defeating the Chattanooga Mocs, 75-72, this past Tuesday. In one of the more exciting ending of this season, UT-Martin was able to pull off the victory after the Skyhawks Preston Parks banked in a 75-foot heave as time expired for the victory. UT Martin shot 42.1% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Skyhawks was Quintin Dove who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.
On the season, UT Martin is averaging 80.0 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UT Martin has been led by Derek Hawthorne Jr. (13.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Preston Parks (12.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Kevin Little (11.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg), and Quintin Dove (11.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
Defensively, UT Martin is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks have a rebound margin of -2.4 and a turnover margin of 3.1.
The Fresno State Bulldogs won their 6th straight game and improved to 8-2 on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears, 95-73, this past Wednesday. Fresno State had their way on the offensive end agianst the Golden Bears and pulled away after taking a 63-39 lead with 12:45 left in regulation. Fresno State shot 50.9% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was New Williams who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
On the season, Fresno State is averaging 80.8 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Braxton Huggins (18.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Deshon Taylor (18.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.8 spg), Nate Grimes (11.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg), and New Williams (10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Fresno State is allowing their opponents to average 68.2 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Skyhawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Bulldogs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
UT-Martin picked up an incredible win agianst Chattanooga however, the Skyhawks are 0-4 on the road this season and it’s going to be difficult for the Skyhawks to slow down the Fresno State offense with a defense that currently ranks 295th in scoring defense and 334th in defensive FG%. Fresno State has been solid on both ends of the court this season as they currently rank 58th in scoring offense and T-101st in scoring defense. Fresno State will be without DeShon Taylor due to an elbow injury which is a big blow for the Bulldogs, however, I think Fresno State still has enough talent to be able to cover this large home spread. Take Fresno State to cover.