The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-17, 2-10 OVC) welcome the UT Martin Skyhawks (8-17, 3-9 OVC) to McBrayer Arena. The Colonels are 2-point favorites and will attempt to snap their six-game losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 141 points and action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
UT Martin Skyhawks vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels Betting Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Colonels fell to the Tennessee State Tigers, 73-60, while the Skyhawks were defeated by the Murray State Racers, 66-53.
UT Martin held Murray State to an effective field goal percentage of 0.464 (below their season average of 0.572) while Eastern Kentucky had a better turnover percentage (11.7 vs. 16.2). Nick Mayo played well for Eastern Kentucky, finishing with 21 points and six rebounds. UT Martin, meanwhile, was led by Matthew Butler, who put up 19 points.
Of the Skyhawks’ 19 games with betting action, 12 have finished under the O/U total. UT Martin holds records of 8-17 straight up (SU) and 10-9 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to UT Martin, Colonels games have a slight tendency to go over the projected point total (50.0 percent). Moreover, Eastern Kentucky is 8-17 SU and 7-13 ATS.
In their first matchup this season, Dedric Boyd led the Colonels to a 78-70 victory. He scored a game-high 31 points. Eastern Kentucky covered as a 4-point underdog and the two teams combined for 148 points, which was over the projected point total of 140.5. One of Eastern Kentucky’s largest strengths was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 17-21 (81.0 percent), while the Skyhawks were just 9-19 (47.4 percent).
UT Martin Skyhawks vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels Free Pick
Pick: SU Winner – UT Martin, ATS Winner – UT Martin, O/U – Under
Eastern Kentucky ranks 120th in three pointers allowed per game (21.2) while UT Martin ranks 289th (28.1).
The Skyhawks average 13.0 assists per game, which ranks 179th in the NCAA. The Colonels rank 246th in assists allowed per game (15.9).
UT Martin averages 35.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 146th in the nation. Eastern Kentucky ranks 208th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
The Skyhawks rank 74th in steals per game (6.9) while the Colonels rank 179th in steals allowed per game (7.3).
UT Martin ranks 45th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Eastern Kentucky ranks 149th (3.8).
UT Martin is 7-6 ATS on the road, while Eastern Kentucky is 0-6 ATS at home.
In 13 road games, the Skyhawks have 7 unders and 6 overs.
The Colonels have 4 unders and 2 overs in 6 home games.
The Skyhawks are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Colonels are 2-3.
In their last five games, UT Martin has 5 unders, while Eastern Kentucky has 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Skyhawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.6, down from 3.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 68.0 points per game (3.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 83.4 points per game (6.3 above their season average).
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