Jacksonville State vs. Eastern Kentucky - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-7) at Jacksonville State Gamecocks (9-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Pete Mathews Coliseum)
The Line: Jacksonville State Gamecocks -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and Jacksonville State Gamecocks meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Pete Mathews Coliseum.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels look for a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are averaging 68.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Nick Mayo is averaging 16.9 points and 7.1 rebounds while Dedric Boyd is averaging 15.2 points and 2.4 assists. DeAndre Dishman is the third double-digit scorer and Asante Gist is grabbing three rebounds. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.5 rebounds per game. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have lost five of their last six road games.
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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are averaging 75.4 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Malcolm Drumwright is averaging 14.8 points and 3.1 assists while Marlon Hunter is averaging 10.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Norbertas Giga is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Jason Burnell is dishing 2.3 assists. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have won six of their last seven home games.
The Colonels are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Gamecocks are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Ohio Valley and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Colonels are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Jacksonville St., the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are a solid basketball team that's beat up on lesser teams and all four of their losses have come by five or less points. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels aren't the same team they've been in years past, as the defense has allowed 71 or more points in seven of their last 10 games and 91 points in two of their last four games. Jacksonville State should have little trouble opening this game up by getting whatever it wants on the offensive end. Give me the Gamecocks by double digits.