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Jacksonville State vs. Samford - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Samford Bulldogs (2-5) at Jacksonville State Gamecocks (5-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Pete Mathews Coliseum)

The Line: Jacksonville State Gamecocks -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6014&type=Live

The Samford Bulldogs will travel to Pete Mathews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Samford Bulldogs lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-5 on the season after defeating the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 83-70, this past Sunday. Samford was outstanding from the offensive end in the victory and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 73-58 lead with 6:24 left in regulation. Samford shot 51.9% from the field and 55.2% (16-29) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Justin Coleman who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, Samford is averaging 73.9 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Samford has been led by Justin Coleman (14.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Demetrius Dyson (13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Alex Thompson (11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg), and Christen Cunningham (8.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.3 apg). Defensively, Samford is allowing their opponents to average 84.4 ppg on 51.9% shooting from the field.

Jacksonville State vs. Samford - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks improved to 5-2 on the season after defeating the Alabama State Hornets, 77-69, this past Thursday. Jacksonville State was tough on the defensive end in the 1st and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 37-22 halftime lead. Jacksonville State held Alabama State to just 35.5% shooting from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Christian Cunningham who had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 80.9 ppg on 50.2% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Malcolm Drumwright (13.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.3 apg), Norbertas Giga (11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), Jamall Gregory (10.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.6 bpg), and Christian Cunningham (8.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.3 bpg). Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to average 65.4 ppg on 37.3% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 8.4 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. OVC opponents however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Gamecocks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games.

Samford has struggled on the defensive end to start the season, ranking 330th in scoring defense and 351st in defensive FG%, however, the Bulldogs have had a tough schedule to start their season and should still be one of the better teams in the Southern Conference this season. Jacksonville State made some noise last year after winning the OVC title and with an experience team back that currently ranks 90th in scoring offense and 64th in scoring defense, the Gamecocks should have success once again. Jacksonville State is a good team, however, Samford has a bunch of experience and as I think their scorers start to find the basket in this one, I’m taking the Bulldogs to cover with the points. 

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