Eastern Illinois favored by -5.5 against Tennessee-Martin on Thursday

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Eastern Illinois Panthers
7-17 February 06, 2014, 08:00 | Lantz Arena 8-14



The Eastern Illinois Panthers will be trying to slam the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Thursday when the teams tip off at Lantz Arena in college betting action.

The Panthers sport a record of 8-14 and 6-14 ATS heading into this battle, while the Skyhawks have 7-17 and 6-10 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-8 for the Panthers and 7-7-1 for the Skyhawks.

View Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 279 and the Skyhawks at No. 233 heading into this contest.

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Eastern Illinois was a 76-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against SIU Edwardsville. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Sherman Blanford scored 24 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, leading Eastern Illinois over SIU Edwardsville, 76-70, on Saturday at Lantz Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Eastern Illinois's No. 230 nationally ranked offense (65.55 points per game) against a Skyhawks defense that sits as the No. 253 at 80.79 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 43.3% from the field, more than the Skyhawks have managed so far this season (41.49% on average).

Next up:
Tennessee-Martin at SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, February 8th
Eastern Illinois at SE Missouri State, Saturday, February 8th
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