Betting on today's Skyhawks and Panthers game? Catch the action at Lantz Arena in Charleston, IL, as the Panthers hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. UT Martin is favored by -1 in this Ohio Valley conference matchup the against Eastern Illinois. The over/under for the game is set at 149.5 points.


The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +1

This game will be played at Lantz Arena at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 1st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Eastern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Is It the Skyhawks Game to Lose on the Road?

UT Martin is favored by 1 point on the road today against Eastern Illinois. The Skyhawks are 12-9 overall and have won two straight games, including a 76-67 victory over Lindenwood in their last game. So far, UT Martin is 5-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play, compared to a 7-6 mark in non-conference action.

On the road this season, the Skyhawks are just 4-6, and they have an average scoring margin of -4.1 points per game. For the year, UT Martin has been favored in nine games, going 6-3 in those contests.

When looking at UT Martin's ATS record this season, they are currently 8-9. On the road, they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 road games, they are 6-4 ATS. As the favorite, the Skyhawks have gone 4-6 vs. the spread in their last 10 games.

So far this season, the over/under record for UT Martin games is 7-10. On average, their games have finished with 156.3 points per game. Today's over/under line of 149.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their last three games (144). Over their last 10 games, the over/under record for the Skyhawks is 2-7.

Compared to their season average of 81.8 points per game, UT Martin struggled in their previous game. Against Lindenwood, the Skyhawks scored 76 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.6%. Leading the team in scoring was Jacob Crews with 20 points. Jordan Sears also added 16 points for the Skyhawks.

At this time, the Skyhawks' defense is positioned 282nd in the country, permitting 78.0 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UT Martin's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.5% this season.

Can the Panthers Grab a Win at Home?

Eastern Illinois comes into this game with a 10-11 record, including a 4-4 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Panthers are 3-4 at home this season and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

So far, Eastern Illinois has been an underdog in 12 of their 21 games, going just 2-10 in those contests. They are 4-1 when favored, and their average scoring margin at home is -1.1 points per game.

Eastern Illinois has not fared well against the spread at home this season, going just 2-5. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 8-8-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Panthers are 4-5-1 vs. the spread.

Eastern Illinois' over/under record for the season is 4-11-2 and the average scoring total in their games is 134.8 points. Today's over/under line of 149.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (138.2) and their average margin vs the OU line is -3.4 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 131 points.

The Eastern Illinois offense is coming off a game where they scored 60 points against Tennessee State. They posted a field goal percentage of 43.9% and connected on 2 threes. The top scorer for the Panthers was Nakyel Shelton with 18 points, while Tiger Booker also chipped in with 18 points.

At this time, the Panthers' defense is positioned 59th in the country, permitting 66.7 points per game. In today's game, the Eastern Illinois defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 2 three-pointers while giving up 64 points.