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Eastern Illinois vs UT Martin Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Panthers vs Skyhawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Eastern Illinois Panthers at UT Martin Skyhawks
  • Where: Martin at Kathleen and Tom Elam Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Eastern Illinois +9, EILL +344 | TMRT -459 O/U 142.5

Panthers Preview:

Eastern Illinois will take the floor against the Skyhawks with an overall record of 7-13. On the road, the Panthers will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 2-7. So far, the Panthers have been the underdog 15 times, going 2-13 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.

Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Kinyon Hodges, who is averaging 13.83 points per contest. So far, Hodges has accounted for 18.38% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.56 rebounds per game and 2.67 assists. Yaakema Rose Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 9.65 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 32.6% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Eastern Illinois this season, as they are currently ranked 504th in college basketball at 56.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.6%, placing them 338th in the NCAA.

Skyhawks Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Eastern Illinois, the UT Martin Skyhawks will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 12-8. Currently, the Skyhawks have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. The Skyhawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -9 points in their favor. For the season, UT Martin has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2.

UT Martin will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Parker Stewart who is averaging 16.55 points per game for the Skyhawks. Stewart is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Skyhawks’ offensive game plan is the play of KJ Simon who has hit 46.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.17 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for UT Martin this season, as they are currently ranked 272nd in college basketball at 68.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Skyhawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.9%, placing them 475th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Eastern Illinois Panthers +9

The UT Martin Skyhawks will tip off their matchup over Eastern Illinois Panthers as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -9. Our analysis like’s UT Martin’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both UT Martin and Eastern Illinois are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors UT Martin, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Skyhawks don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.

 


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