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#617 Tennessee - Martin 168 vs.
#618 Central Michigan -10.5
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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A clash of styles will take place when an up-tempo Central Michigan team hosts Tennessee Martin on Friday night. The Chippewas come into the game at 6-2 on the season, beating Youngstown State by 16 points last weekend. Tennessee Martin is coming off a win against Boston University, but the Skyhawks are 3-4 this year. KenPom has Central Michigan ranked No. 157 overall, while Tennessee Martin is No. 311.

Tennessee Martin hoping to slow down Central Michigan

Tennessee Martin opened the season by taking care of business against St. Louis College of Pharmacy, 106-48. The Skyhawks lost an in-state battle to East Tennessee State in their second game, before picking up a road win against Western Illinois. Then came a three-game losing skid that included road losses to Wichita State, Northern Iowa and Gardner-Webb. They bounced back with a 76-73 victory on the road against Boston University last Wednesday. Tennessee Martin enters Friday’s game on nine days of rest.

The Skyhawks are led by senior forward Quintin Dove, who is scoring 18.9 points per game and grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. He has struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 3 of 15 attempts from the 3-point line. Sophomore guard Parker Stewart is scoring 15.9 points per game and leading the team with 2.6 assists per outing. Stewart is the best 3-point shooter on the team, making 19 of his 54 attempts from downtown. Derek Hawthorne Jr. is adding 14.1 points per game and is second on the squad with 6.7 rebounds per outing. Senior guard Craig Randall II rounds out the portion of the lineup that is averaging double figures in the scoring column, as Randall II is scoring 11.9 points per game. He is 13 of 46 from deep.

Central Michigan led by seniors

Central Michigan got off to a hot start this season, winning each of its first four games. The Chippewas picked up victories against Michigan-Dearborn, Mississippi Valley State, Sam Houston State and Siena Heights. Their first loss came on the road against Minnesota in the fifth game of the season. They bounced back with an easy 46-point win against Trinity Christian, marking their fifth consecutive home win. Central Michigan’s second setback of the year was an 88-75 loss on the road against DePaul. The Chippewas picked up a win against Youngstown State last Saturday in their most recent outing.

The Chippewas are led by a pair of senior guards who are both scoring 15.6 points per game. Kevin McKay is adding 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game to go along with his 15.6 points. He is shooting an extremely efficient 60.6 percent from the floor, despite only shooting 1 of 10 from the 3-point line. Dallas Morgan is also scoring 15.6 per game, along with 4.0 rebounds. He is 26 of 42 from beyond the arc, which is the best mark on the team. Senior forward David DiLeo is averaging 14.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per contest. He can stretch the floor, shooting 21 of 61 from deep. Senior forward Rob Montgomery is adding 13.1 points per game and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. Junior guard Devontae Lane leads the team with 4.3 assists per game.

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This number is simply too low. Central Michigan is a much better team that Tennessee Martin and the Chippewas get to play this game at home. They have a deep, talented roster that likes to get shots up, which will lead to buckets throughout the game. The Skyhawks do not have the depth or quickness to keep up with Central Michigan’s pace for the entirety of the game. Central Michigan has covered the spread in 14 of its last 19 games, so I like that trend to continue on Friday.

Prediction: Central Michigan -10.5

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Central Michigan plays at one of the fastest paces in college basketball. The Chippewas are currently sitting at No. 4 in the country as far as KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings are concerned, so they will be looking to score points throughout the game. Tennessee Martin plays a much slower pace at No. 221 in the nation, but every one of the Skyhawks’ games has gone over the total so far this season. Central Michigan’s games have also been leaning heavily toward the over, with seven of its last eight games going over the number. Tennessee Martin has had its last 10 games go over the number, dating back to last season. I think this game will also go over the total due to the quick-paced nature of Central Michigan’s offense.

Prediction: Over 168
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.