Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between SIU Edwardsville and Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, with the host Cougars trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Cougars currently sports a 7-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-5 ATS. The Skyhawks are 4-16 and 6-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cougars produce a 5-7 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Skyhawks have gone 4-6-1 against the number.
The Cougars were listed as 7.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at GTbets, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cougars at No. 253 and the Skyhawks at No. 278 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 65-57 result in favor of the Cougars.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up SIU Edwardsville's No. 266 nationally ranked offense (63.4 points per game) against a Skyhawks defense that sits as the No. 329 at 75.8 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 43.4% from the field, more than the Skyhawks have managed so far this season (38.4% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Tennessee-Martin owns the country's No. 335-rated mark, allowing 80.6 points per game on the highway. SIU Edwardsville, on the other hand, rates No. 242 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Tennessee-Martin was a 69-56 loser on the road against Eastern Illinois. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Myles Taylor scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Skyhawks to a win (they lost 69-56 to Eastern Illinois at Lantz Arena on Thursday).
In their last action, SIU Edwardsville was an 80-77 winner at home against SE Missouri State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Cougars grabbed an 80-77 win over the Redhawks on Thursday, behind a 24-point effort from Mark Yelovich at Vadalabene Center.
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Eastern Kentucky are 2-8
After playing Eastern Illinois are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9
SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 0-3
Before playing Eastern Illinois are 1-1
After playing SE Missouri State are 1-4
After a win are 4-6
A few Skyhawks at Cougars trends to consider:
Tennessee-Martin is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
SIU Edwardsville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Tennessee-Martin home to Eastern Kentucky, Thursday, January 31
SIU Edwardsville home to Eastern Illinois, Saturday, February 2