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Murray State vs. UT Martin - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Murray State Racers vs. UT Martin Skyhawks
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Skyhawk Arena
Martin, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: UT Martin +12.5 -- Over/Under: 153
TV Channel
ESPN+
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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Murray State Racers and UT Martin Skyhawks meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Skyhawk Arena.

The Murray State Racers look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The Murray State Racers are averaging 83.1 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 assists while Shaq Buchanan is averaging 13.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. Tevin Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Darnell Cowart is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Murray State Racers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Murray State Racers are allowing 26.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Murray State Racers have split their last four road games.

The UT Martin Skyhawks need a victory here that would snap a four-game losing streak. The UT Martin Skyhawks are averaging 77.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Preston Parks is averaging 12.9 points and 4.3 assists while Fatodd Lewis is averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. Derek Hawthorne Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Quintin Dove is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UT Martin Skyhawks are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The UT Martin Skyhawks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The UT Martin Skyhawks have won all five home games this season.

The Racers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Ohio Valley and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Skyhawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ohio Valley and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 15-7 in Skyhawks last 22 overall. The over is 8-1 in Racers last 9 Thursday games.

The UT Martin Skyhawks continue to struggle defensively, which has been a trend for them all year, especially during this four-game losing streak where they're allowing 85 points on 48.9 percent shooting in their last five games. The Murray State Racers have been one of the more consistent teams in the country and are a solid 8-3 ATS this season. The UT Martin Skyhawks are 1-10 ATS this season. Murray State has also won the last two meetings against UT Martin by an average of 13.5 points. There's enough here to eat the chalk with the road favorite.

Pick:
Murray State Racers -12.5

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