Check out our free UT Martin vs Eastern Illinois pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Charleston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
UT Martin vs Eastern Illinois Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 9th Betting Odds
Skyhawks vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UT Martin Skyhawks at Eastern Illinois Panthers
- Where: Charleston at Lantz Arena
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds: UT Martin -4, TMRT -187 | EILL +150 O/U 147.5
UT Martin heads into this matchup having played 25 games and have an overall record sitting at 15-10. So far, the Skyhawks have played 13 games on the road, with a record of 4-9. This season, UT Martin has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 8-3. For today’s contest, UT Martin has a betting line set -4 points in their favor.
UT Martin will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Parker Stewart who is averaging 16.18 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 15.35 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs UT Martin, the Eastern Illinois Panthers will be taking the floor for the 26th time this season and have an overall record of 7-18. So far this season, Eastern Illinois has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-8. For the season, Eastern Illinois has been the underdog in 19 games, sitting with a mark of 2-17. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Panthers being +4 point underdogs.
Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Kinyon Hodges, who is averaging 13.8 points per contest. So far, Hodges has accounted for 16.21% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.55 rebounds per game and 2.65 assists. Yaakema Rose Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 9.5 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 29.6% 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.
Free Spread Prediction: UT Martin Skyhawks -4
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the UT Martin Skyhawks to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4 point betting favorites. Although UT Martin as a team is just 365th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Panthers’ defense. At -4 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Skyhawks to come out on top and cover.