K Thompson | CBB Sides – Thursday, Feb 18 2016 7:00PM
#578 Tenn.-Martin -7.0(-110) vs #577 Eastern Ill.
Analysis:Just when it looked like Eastern Illinois would finish in the upper echelon of the OVC the Panthers suffered back to back home losses to Austin Peay by 9 points and to SIU-Edwardsville by 8 points. The Panthers did beat UT-Martin in January by an 82-74 score as they were able to hold the Skyhawks scoreless the final 2:41 of the game. HC Heath Schroyer has Tennessee Martin playing with some momentum as the Skyhawks have won their last 5 ga ¡mes. In that first meeting UTM turned the ball over 15 times compared to just 7 for EIU. Eastern Illinois also shot 11 more free throws & made 10 more for the game. I’m looking for Twymond Howard, Alex Anderson & Myles Taylor to keep things rolling for the home team tonight and for Tennessee Martin to pull away in the second half an get a double digit win to push their winning streak to six games. Demetrius McReynolds had 27 points in the first meeting for Eastern Illinois and I doubt he comes close to that effort in this road tilt.
UPDATE- 12 NOON PT 2/18- LINE HAS REMAINED STEADY AT UT-MARTIN MINUS 7 POINTS