Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Screaming Eagles versus the Skyhawks? Tip off is at at 8:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Kathleen and Tom Elam Center in Martin, TN. This Ohio Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 154 points, and UT Martin is favored to win by -8.5 at home vs. Southern Indiana.


The Pick: UT Martin Skyhawks -8.5

This game will be played at Kathleen and Tom Elam Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 15th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 90-59 in favor of the Skyhawks.
  • Not only will UT Martin pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154 points, and we like the under with a projected 149 points.

Will the Screaming Eagles Defense Show Up on the Road?

Despite being the underdog, Southern Indiana has played better on the road this season compared to at home. The Screaming Eagles are 2-10 on the road compared to 2-8 at home, and they have an average scoring margin of -11.3 on the road.

Overall, Southern Indiana has gone 7-18 this season, and they are coming off a win against SIUE by a score of 84-67. Over their last 10 games, the Screaming Eagles have gone just 2-8 on the road.

As the underdog, Southern Indiana has gone 11-8 vs. the spread this season and they have an overall ATS record of 11-11. On the road, the Screaming Eagles are 7-5 vs. the spread this year and they are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 154 is higher than the average over/under line in Southern Indiana’s games this season (141.2). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 151 points. This season, their over/under record is 11-11.

In their latest game, Southern Indiana’s offense looked good, scoring 84 points against SIUE. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 58.7% and made 19/25 free throws. Offensively, the Screaming Eagles hold a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, placing them 367th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 232nd in terms of percentage and 253rd in three-pointers made.

The Screaming Eagles’ defense is presently ranked 172nd nationally, allowing an average of 72.3 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Southern Indiana defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as SIUE knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 67 points.

Do the Skyhawks Stand a Chance at Home?

UT Martin comes into this game with a 15-10 record, including a 8-4 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Skyhawks have been favored in 10 games this season, going 7-3 in those contests.

At home, UT Martin has gone 4-3, and they have won three straight games at home. Overall, they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.

UT Martin’s ATS record this season is currently 11-10. At home, they have gone just 2-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Skyhawks are 5-5.

UT Martin’s over/under record for the season is 8-13 and today’s line of 154 is below their average over/under line of 155.4. So far, 12 of their games have finished with less than 154 points including seven of their last 10 games. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points and their over/under record during their last 10 games is 1-9.

Compared to their season average of 80.1 points per game, UT Martin struggled in their previous game. Against Western Illinois, the Skyhawks scored 62 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 41.7%. Jordan Sears is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 19.5 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jacob Crews brings a PPG average of 17.3 into the game.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, UT Martin is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 76.4 points per game (263rd). So far, the UT Martin defense is giving up an average of 9.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.7 times per game (571st).