Jackson State Tigers at Grand Canyon Antelopes - 3/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Grand Canyon Antelopes (26-6) vs. Jackson State (19-15)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm (GCU Arena)
The Line: Grand Canyon -10 See the Latest Odds
The Jackson State Tigers will travel to play the Grand Canyon Antelopes in the CIT on Thursday.
The Grand Canyon Antelopes are 26-6 (11-3) and are coming off of a win against South Carolina State by a score of 78-74 in the first round of the CIT. Grand Canyon finished tied for 2nd in the WAC standings this season, but was unable to play in the conference tournament due to their transition to Division One. Grand Canyon finished the regular season by losing 2 of their last 3 games. Grand Canyon is averaging 76.8 points per game while giving up 68.6 points per game. Grand Canyon is also averaging 38.3 rebounds per game and 14.9 assists per game. Joshua Braun is averaging 16.9 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game for Grand Canyon. Grandy Glaze is averaging 14.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Antelopes. Grand Canyon is shooting 69.4% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 45.7% on all field goal attempts.
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The Jackson State Tigers are 19-15 (12-6) and are coming off of a win against Sam Houston State by a score of 81-77. Jackson State finished 3rd in the SWAC standings and lost in the finals of the SWAC Tournament against Southern by a score of 54-53. Before the conference tournament, Jackson State finished the regular season by winning 4 of their last 6 games. Jackson State is averaging 68.2 points per game while giving up 65 points per game. Jackson State is also averaging 40 rebounds per game and 12.2 assists per game. Raeford Worsham is averaging 13.3 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game for Jackson State. Paris Collins is averaging 13 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Tigers. Jackson State is shooting 63.3% on free throws, 31% on three-pointers, and 40.6% on all field goal attempts.
Jackson State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Jackson State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The under is 5-1-1 in Jackson State’s last 7 road games. Grand Canyon is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games. Grand Canyon is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The over is 3-1-1 in Grand Canyon’s last 5 games.
Grand Canyon had a very good regular season and was able to sneak out a close victory over South Carolina State in the first round of the CIT. Grand Canyon has a higher scoring offense, while Jackson State gives up fewer points per game. Jackson State has the rebounding advantage, while Grand Canyon is the better shooting team. I like Jackson State to keep this game close.