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Tennessee State vs. Tennessee-Martin - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee-Martin at Tennessee State
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Gentry Center
Nashville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Tennessee State -4.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The UT Martin Skyhawks and Tennessee State Tigers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Gentry Center.

The UT Martin Skyhawks could use a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The UT Martin Skyhawks are averaging 73.9 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 82.5 points on 50.8 percent shooting. Quintin Dove is averaging 12 points and 4.6 rebounds while Preston Parks is averaging 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Derek Hawthorne Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Little is dishing four assists. The UT Martin Skyhawks are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The UT Martin Skyhawks are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The UT Martin Skyhawks have lost all 10 road games this season.

The Tennessee State Tigers could also use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Tennessee State Tigers are averaging 68.6 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 50 percent shooting. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey is averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while Kamar McKnight is averaging 12.7 points and two assists. Thomas Davis is grabbing 2.7 rebounds and Armani Chaney is dishing three assists. The Tennessee State Tigers are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee State Tigers are allowing 38.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.9 rebounds per game. The Tennessee State Tigers have lost four of their last five home games.

The Skyhawks are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 road games, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 vs. Ohio Valley and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Tigers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Skyhawks are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Tennessee St and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Skyhawks last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 overall.

The UT Martin Skyhawks have not only lost nine of their last 10 games, but they're just 3-14 ATS overall this season and 0-10 ATS on the road. While also losing all 10 road games, UT Martin is allowing 50.7 percent shooting and losing by an average of 15.9 points on the road. There's just no reason to even consider backing the Skyhawks in these situations when you look at those numbers. Yes, the Tennessee State Tigers have issues of their own and aren't playing well at the moment either, but it doesn't get nearly as bad as what the Skyhawks are going through. I'll lay the reasonable number with Tennessee State for obvious reasons. 

Pick:
Tennessee State -4.5

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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