Looking to win big? The Skyhawks and Leathernecks face off at 12:00 ET on ESPNU. The Leathernecks are hosting the game at Western Hall in Macomb, IL. The over/under for this game is set at 144.5 points, and Western Illinois is favored by -2.5 vs. UT Martin in a Ohio Valley conference matchup.


The Pick: Western Illinois Leathernecks -2.5

This game will be played at Western Hall at 12:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Leathernecks.
  • Not only will Western Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Skyhawks Find a Way to Win on the Road?

UT Martin comes into this game with a 14-10 overall record, including a 7-4 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. On the road, the Skyhawks are 6-7, and their average scoring margin is -2.5 points per game.

As the underdog, UT Martin has gone 3-7 this season, and they are 4-6 in their last 10 games away from home. Their most recent game was a 77-57 loss to Little Rock.

UT Martin has a .500 record vs. the spread this season, going 10-10. On the road, they are 8-5 vs. the spread this year and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games. As the underdog, the Skyhawks have a 5-5 record vs. the spread this season.

UT Martin's over/under record for the season sits at 8-12, and today's over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (155.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points.

Most recently, the UT Martin offense finished with just 57 points vs. Little Rock. For the game, they hit 3/23 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 35.3%. The top scorer for the Skyhawks was Jacob Crews with 12 points, while Koby Jeffries also chipped in with 12 points.

So far, the Skyhawks' defense is ranked 280th in the country at 77.2 points per contest. So far, the UT Martin defense is giving up an average of 9.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.8 times per game (577th).

Does Western Illinois Stand a Chance at Home?

Western Illinois enters this game as a 2.5-point favorite, and they have gone 7-2 when favored this season. The Leathernecks are 15-9 overall, including an 8-3 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.

At home this season, Western Illinois has gone 3-3, and they are coming off a 63-60 loss to Little Rock. Over their last 10 games at home, the Leathernecks have gone 7-3.

When looking at Western Illinois' ATS record this season, they are currently 11-9. At home, their ATS record is just 2-4. Over their last 3 home games, they have gone 1-2 vs. the spread. As the favorite, their ATS record is 6-3 this year and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4.

Western Illinois' over/under record this season is 5-14-1, and today's line of 144.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (138.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, which is higher than the season average of 133.6.

In contrast to their season average of 70 points per game, the Western Illinois had a below average performance. They scored 60 points against Little Rock and had a field goal percentage of 39.7%. Quinlan Bennett led the team in scoring, putting up 14 points. Additionally, Drew Cisse contributed 13 points for the Leathernecks.

The Leathernecks' defense is presently ranked 33rd nationally, allowing an average of 65.1 points per contest. Western Illinois will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Little Rock to just 39% shooting in their most recent game.