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Skyhawks open as college hoops underdog vs Blue Raiders

Tennessee-Martin SkyhawksMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Dec 10, 6:00 PM | Murphy Center

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds

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Murphy Center features an NCAAB clash between the host Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the visiting Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks in college hoops action on Saturday.

Supporters of the Skyhawks have watched them go 2-8 and 2-4 ATS on the year, while the Blue Raiders are at 8-2 and 8-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Blue Raiders are 5-3-1, while the Skyhawks have a 0-6 mark.

View Tennessee-Martin vs Middle Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Blue Raiders are listed as 20.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Blue Raiders - Skyhawks odds would favor the Blue Raiders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Middle Tennessee is rated No. 136 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tennessee-Martin is at No. 309. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 82-55 win for the Blue Raiders.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Skyhawks is ranked No. 237 in NCAA hoops at 34.1 per game. Contrast that with Middle Tennessee’s No. 117 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Middle Tennessee is the No. 177-ranked team in the country at 6.2 per game, while Tennessee-Martin rates No. 323 at 3.9 per game.

Defensively, Tennessee-Martin features the nation's No. 162-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 47 nationally in scoring at home.

Tennessee-Martin lost its last outing, a 70-55 result against Lipscomb on December 6. Jeremy Washington scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Skyhawks to a win (they lost 70-55 to Lipscomb at Allen Arena on Tuesday).

Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 66-56 loser as they battled UAB on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite. Middle Tennessee got 16 points from Marcos Knight but lost anyway, 66-56, to UAB on Wednesday at Bartow Arena.

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Bethel TN are 3-2
After playing Lipscomb are 2-1
After a loss are 5-5

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Belmont are 4-6
After playing UAB are 1-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Skyhawks at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
Tennessee-Martin is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tennessee-Martin is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Tennessee-Martin
Middle Tennessee is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tennessee-Martin

Next up:
Tennessee-Martin home to Bethel TN, Tuesday, December 13
Middle Tennessee home to Belmont, Tuesday, December 13

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