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SIU Edwardsville vs. Tennessee-Martin - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee-Martin at SIU Edwardsville
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Vadalabene Center
Edwardsville, IL
The Line
SIU-Edwardsville Cougars +1 -- Over/Under:151
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Tennessee-Martin at SIU Edwardsville
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The UT-Martin Skyhawks will travel to the Vadalabene Center to take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The UT-Martin Skyhawks won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 9-15 (4-9 OVC) on the season after defeating the SE Missouri Redhawks, 81-72, this past Thursday. UT-Martin had one of their best offensive games over the season and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 43-21 halftime lead. UT-Martin shot 61.2% from the field and 54.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Skyhawks was Preston Parks who had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, UT-Martin is averaging 75.5 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UT-Martin has been led by Craig Randall II (13.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Quintin Dove (12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Preston Parks (12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), and Fatodd Lewis (10.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, UT-Martin is allowing their opponents to average 78.5 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Skyhawks have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-17 (4-9 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 79-65, this past Thursday. SIU-Edwardsville struggled offensively agianst the Panthers defense and couldn’t fight back after they entered halftime trailing by a 40-26 margin. SIU-Edwardsville shot just 38.5% from the field and 29.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Brandon Jackson who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 steal.

On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 72.8 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 28.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by David McFarland (14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Tyresse Williford (13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg), Brandon Jackson (13.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg), and Cameron Williams (10.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 81.2 ppg on 49.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Skyhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home, however, are just 10-22 ATS in their last 32 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

UT-Martin has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 111th in scoring offense, 195th in FG%, and 322nd in scoring defense.

SIU-Edwardsville has lost 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 179th in scoring offense, 318th in FG%, and 341st in scoring defense.

UT-Martin has yet to win on the road this season as the Skyhawks are 0-12 in away games this season, however, the Skyhawks have been playing some of their best basketball of the season since Craig Randall II returned to action, which included an impressive 66-64 victory at home agianst Jacksonville State. SIU-Edwardsville has really struggled on both ends of the court as of late, and as UT-Martin won by a 85-69 margin at home earlier this season, I’m taking UT-Martin to pick up their first road win of the season and cover this small road spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
UT-Martin Skyhawks -1

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