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Tennessee-Martin vs. SIU Edwardsville - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
SIU Edwardsville at Tennessee-Martin
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)
Location
Skyhawk Arena
Union City, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Tennessee-Martin -2.5 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars and UT Martin Skyhawks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Skyhawk Arena.

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 73.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 80.8 points on 50.7 percent shooting. Tyresse Williford is averaging 14.4 points and 3.8 rebounds while David McFarland is averaging 13.6 points and 1.6 assists. Brandon Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Williams is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars have lost seven of their last eight road games.

The UT Martin Skyhawks also need a win in order to snap a nine-game losing streak. The UT Martin Skyhawks are averaging 76.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 82.6 points on 49.8 percent shooting. Preston Parks is averaging 12.1 points and 4.1 assists while Quintin Dove is averaging 11.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Fatodd Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Derek Hawthorne Jr. is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The UT Martin Skyhawks are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The UT Martin Skyhawks are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The UT Martin Skyhawks have lost their last three home games.

The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win. The Skyhawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ohio Valley, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Tenn-Martin. The under is 13-6-1 in Skyhawks last 20 home games. The over is 8-2 in Cougars last 10 overall.

The UT Martin Skyhawks are just 2-14 ATS this season, so laying chalk with them in any way probably isn't ideal. However, the Skyhawks have won six of the last eight meetings against the SIU Edwardsville Cougars. SIU Edwardsville has also lost seven of its last eight road games and is being outscored by an average of 13.2 points in those games. There's obviously much better games to bet on Saturday's card and you can't feel great about laying points with UT Martin, but it's the the direction you should probably lean based on the history between these two sides.

Pick:
Tennessee-Martin -2.5

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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