Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Skyhawks and Cougars. The game is starting at 4:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Cougars at Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, IL. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Ohio Valley conference contest is set at 149.5 points, with SIUE being favored by -2 at home against UT Martin.
UT MARTIN SKYHAWKS VS SIUE COUGARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: SIUE Cougars -2
This game will be played at Vadalabene Center at 4:30 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.
WHY BET THE SIUE COUGARS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Cougars.
- Not only will SIUE pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.
Can the Skyhawks Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?
UT Martin has been an underdog in eight of their 22 games this season, and they have gone just 2-6 in those games. On the road, their record is 5-6, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games away from home.
The Skyhawks come into this game on a three-game winning streak, and they are 13-9 overall this season. In their last game, they defeated Eastern Illinois by a score of 76-59.
UT Martin has been a solid team vs. the spread this season, going 9-9 overall. On the road, they have an ATS mark of 7-4 and are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. As the underdog, the Skyhawks are 4-4 vs. the spread this season and have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games as the underdog.
So far this season, the over/under record for UT Martin games is 7-11. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points compared to an average over/under line of 155.8 for the season. Their OU record over their last three games is 0-3 and over their last 10 games, it is 1-8.
In contrast to their season average of 81.5 points per game, the UT Martin had a below average performance. They scored 76 points against Eastern Illinois and had a field goal percentage of 39.1%. 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 17.5 into the game.
At present, the Skyhawks’ defense is nationally ranked 269th, allowing 77.1 points per game. So far, the UT Martin defense is giving up an average of 9.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.8 times per game (573rd).
Can the Cougars Please their Home Crowd?
SIUE enters this game as a 2-point favorite, and they have been excellent at home this season, going 9-1. Over their last 10 games at home, the Cougars have gone 9-1.
Overall, SIUE is 13-9, and they have won two games in a row. In Ohio Valley Conference play, the Cougars are 6-3, and they have gone 7-6 in non-conference action.
As the favorite this season, Southern Illinois Edwardsville has gone 7-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars have a mark of 6-4 vs. the spread. At home this year, SIUE has an ATS record of 7-3.
This season, the over/under record for SIUE games is 8-11 and today’s line of 149.5 is higher than the average over/under line of 139.4 in their games. So far, 15 of their games have finished with fewer points than 149.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and the average scoring total in those games is 121 points.
The SIUE offense is coming off a game in which they scored 68 points vs. Little Rock. Overall their field goal percentage was 38.6% while connecting on 7 threes. Offensively, the Cougars have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 307th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 161st in percentage and 205th in three-pointers made.
So far this season, the SIUE defense has been performing well, ranking 66th in the country at 67.0 points allowed per contest. In their previous game vs. Little Rock, the Trojans finished with a field goal percentage of 38% and a total of 66 points vs. SIUE.