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Panthers open as college hoops underdog vs Skyhawks

Eastern Illinois PanthersTennessee-Martin Skyhawks
6-12January 23, 2014, 08:00 | Skyhawk Arena6-15

Eastern Illinois travels to Tennessee-Martin on Thursday, hoping to boost its 6-12 record with a victory over the Skyhawks.

The Skyhawks bring a 6-15 record (5-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-12 Panthers, who are 4-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Tennessee-Martin go 4-7-1 so far and the Panthers go 8-7.

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

Bettors looking to side with Tennessee-Martin in this one found them as -3.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game puts the Skyhawks, most recently No. 266 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Panthers, who rate No. 297 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Eastern Illinois was a 67-64 winner at home against Austin Peay. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. The Panthers grabbed a 67-64 win over the Governors on Saturday, behind a 15-point effort from Reggie Smith at Lantz Arena.

Tennessee-Martin lost its last outing, an 82-75 result against Morehead State on January 18. They covered in that game as a 13.5-point underdog. Mike Liabo was dynamite, scoring 32 points and adding 2 rebounds but Morehead State still won, 82-75, over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at Ellis Johnson Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tennessee-Martin's No. 131 nationally ranked offense (72.48 points per game) against a Panthers defense that sits as the No. 176 at 71.44 PPG. The Skyhawks have been averaging 40.48% from the field, less than the Panthers have managed so far this season (42% on average).

A few Panthers at Skyhawks trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
Eastern Illinois is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Illinois's last 6 games
Eastern Illinois is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Tennessee-Martin is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Tennessee-Martin is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Tennessee-Martin's last 12 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Tennessee-Martin is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Eastern Illinois

Next up:
Eastern Illinois at SE Missouri State, Saturday, January 25th
Tennessee-Martin at SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, January 25th