College baskeball point spread favors Billikens in battle with Skyhawks
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds
Chaifetz Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Saint Louis Billikens and the visiting Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks in college hoops action on Saturday.
The Billikens sport records of 5-3 and 2-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Skyhawks have 3-7 and 2-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-3 for the Billikens and 1-0 for the Skyhawks.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Saint Louis sat as 25.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Billikens at No. 230 and the Skyhawks at No. 90 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 72-62 result in favor of the Billikens.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Skyhawks is ranked No. 58 in NCAA hoops at 39.2 per game. Contrast that with Saint Louis’s No. 324 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Saint Louis is the No. 140-ranked team in the country at 6.5 per game, while Tennessee-Martin rates No. 159 at 6.3 per game.
Defensively, Tennessee-Martin features the nation's No. 337-rated defense on the road, allowing 85 points per game. Saint Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 264 nationally in scoring at home.
Tennessee-Martin was an 86-62 loser in its last match on the road against Lipscomb. Tennessee-Martin was run off the court by the Bison on Saturday as Lipscomb routed them 86-62 at Allen Arena.
Last time out for Saint Louis, they were a 67-63 winner as they battled North Texas at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. Saint Louis got 17 points from Jordair Jett en route to a 67-63 victory over North Texas on Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena.
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Samford are 2-7
After playing Lipscomb are 2-2
After a loss are 4-6
Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Eastern Illinois are 2-0
After a win are 4-6
A few Skyhawks at Billikens trends to consider:
Tennessee-Martin is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Saint Louis is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Saint Louis is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Saint Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Tennessee-Martin home to Samford, Wednesday, December 19
Saint Louis home to Eastern Illinois, Wednesday, December 19