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SIU Edwardsville Cougars take on Skyhawks in NCAA basketball test

SIU Edwardsville CougarsTennessee-Martin Skyhawks
6-14January 25, 2014, 05:00 | Skyhawk Arena7-15

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Tennessee-Martin vs SIU Edwardsville battle Saturday at Skyhawk Arena as the Skyhawks look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Skyhawks currently sports a 7-15 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-8 ATS. The Cougars are 6-14 and 9-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Skyhawks produce a 5-7-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cougars have gone 7-9 against the number.

View SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting SIU Edwardsville before tip-off in this one found them as 3.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Skyhawks at No. 266 and the Cougars at No. 211 heading into this contest.

SIU Edwardsville was an 82-78 loser in their most recent outing on the road against SE Missouri State. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Rozell Nunn scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Cougars to a win (they lost 82-78 to SE Missouri State at Show Me Center on Thursday).

Last time out for Tennessee-Martin, they were an 84-77 winner as they battled Eastern Illinois at home. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. Tennessee-Martin earned an 84-77 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday, getting 20 points from Mike Liabo at Skyhawk Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tennessee-Martin's No. 120-ranked scoring average of 73 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 233 and allowing 76.5 PPG. The Skyhawks FG% has averaged 40.89% to date this season, less than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (45.26% per game).

A few Cougars at Skyhawks trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
SIU Edwardsville is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of SIU Edwardsville's last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee-Martin is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Tennessee-Martin is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Tennessee-Martin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing SIU Edwardsville

Next up:
SIU Edwardsville home to Crowley's Ridge, Wednesday, January 29th
Tennessee-Martin at Eastern Kentucky, Thursday, January 30th