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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Skyhawks underdogs vs Bruins at Belmont

Tennessee-Martin SkyhawksBelmont Bruins
Jan 12, 5:00 PM | Curb Event Center

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks vs Belmont Bruins Odds


The Belmont Bruins will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks at Curb Event Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

Supporters of the Skyhawks have watched them go 4-13 and 6-6 ATS on the year, while the Bruins are at 12-4 and 7-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Bruins are 5-5, while the Skyhawks have a 2-5-1 mark.

View Tennessee-Martin vs Belmont Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Belmont in this one found them as 25-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Bruins and the No. 221-ranked Skyhawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 83-61 result in favor of the Bruins.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Belmont has the nation's No. 44-rated offensive output, at 76.1 PPG. The visiting Skyhawks defense ranks No. 317 allowing on average 74.7 PPG. The Bruins FG% has averaged 48.3% so far, more than the Skyhawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 39% per game.

Defensively, Tennessee-Martin features the nation's No. 332-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.9 points per game. Belmont, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 nationally in scoring at home.

Tennessee-Martin lost its last outing, an 80-48 result against Tennessee State on January 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 12-point underdog. Tennessee-Martin was crushed on Thursday, getting blown out by Tennessee State and falling by an 80-48 score at Gentry Complex.

In their last action, Belmont was a 107-72 winner at home against SE Missouri State. They covered the 18-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Bruins and Redhawks didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as SE Missouri State was handed a 107-72 defeat on Thursday at Curb Event Center.

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Morehead State are 5-5
After playing Tennessee State are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Belmont Bruins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Eastern Kentucky are 0-1
After a win are 6-4

A few Skyhawks at Bruins trends to consider:
Tennessee-Martin is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Belmont is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Belmont is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Tennessee-Martin home to Morehead State, Saturday, January 19
Belmont home to Eastern Kentucky, Thursday, January 17