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

Tennessee-Martin SkyhawksEastern Illinois Panthers
7-17February 06, 2014, 08:00 | Lantz Arena8-14

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.

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