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Belmont vs. Jacksonville State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (11-5) at Belmont Bruins (11-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Curb Event Center)

The Line: Belmont Bruins -9 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Belmont Bruins host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in a Saturday college basketball matchup.

The Jacksonville State are pegged as a team to keep an eye on in the Ohio Valley but they are a wait and see what happens type squad. Jacksonville State was aiming for a third straight win to kickoff conference play but struggled to find their offense in a 67-60 defeat at the Tennessee State Tigers as a 5.5 point favorite. The Gamecocks were outshot 47.9%-44.6% but the decisive stat was their 0-3 mark at the line.

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Belmont vs. Jacksonville State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Jason Burnell was Jacksonville State’s best offensive option with 16 points and seven rebounds on 6-10 from the floor including a 4-6 effort from beyond the arc. Cam Martin gave the Gamecocks eleven points and five pulls on 4-6 shooting with three bombs while Malcolm Drumwright added ten points, four yanks and six assists. 

The Belmont Bruins have been one of the best teams in the Ohio Valley since joining the conference several years ago. This year looks no different with Belmont rolling to six straight wins after downing Tennessee Tech 80-67  as a 12.5 point favorite on Thursday with a 56.9%-44.1% difference in shooting.

Dylan Windler led all scorers with 24 points, six pulls and three steals on 7-11 from the floor including 7-7 at the stripe followed by a 17 point, three rebound effort from Kevin McClain on 6-11 accuracy.  Amanze Egekeze gave the Bruins 14 points and seven boards while Austin Luke contributed eleven points and nine assists.

Under is 21-5 in Jacksonville State last 26 vs. Ohio Valley and under is 9-3 in Jacksonville State last 12 Saturday games and Jacksonville State are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. Belmont are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and Belmont are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and Belmont are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Jacksonville State has gotten some hype and should be able to stay close enough for a cover or the experts are wrong again…

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