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Murray State vs. Jacksonville State - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (18-9) at Murray State Racers (20-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm (CFSB Center)

The Line: Murray State Racers -10 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6288&type=Live

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will travel to the CFSB Center to take on the Murray State Racers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks dropped to 18-9 (9-5 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee State Tigers, 65-47, this past Saturday. Jacksonville State had their worst offensive performance of the season and couldn’t fight back after Tennessee State took a 57-39 lead with 7:07 left in regulation. Jacksonville State shot just 34.0% from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Malcolm Drumwright who had 19 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 72.7 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Jacksonville State has been led by Malcolm Drumwright (13.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg), Jason Burnell (11.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 bpg), Marlon Hunter (9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jamall Gregory (8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.0 bpg). Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

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Murray State vs. Jacksonville State - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Murray State Racers won their 7th straight game and improved to 20-5 (12-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 75-66, this past Saturday. Murray State struggled from beyond the arc which made the game closer than expected, however, used 17-3 run to start the 2nd half to help pull away from the Cougars. Murray State shot 46.0% from the field and 20.0% (3-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Racers was Jonathan Stark who had 28 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and 1 steal. On the season, Murray State is averaging 80.7 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field. The Racers are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Murray State has been led by Jonathan Stark (20.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Terrell Miller Jr. (15.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), Ja Morant (12.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and Shaq Buchanan (9.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.4 spg). Defensively, Murray State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Racers have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Gamecocks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games following a straight up loss and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Racers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.

Jacksonville State is just 3-3 over their last 6 games and although they have one of the better defenses in the Southern conference as they rank 21st in scoring defense and 17th in defensive FG%, the Gamecocks have really struggled offensive at times this season and currently rank just 218th in scoring offense. Murray State continues to get it down on both sides of the court and will be one of the favorites to win the OVC this season as the Racers rank 42nd in scoring offense and 45th in scoring defense. Jacksonville State is a team that has talent to win the OVC once again as they’ve shown with their wins over Belmont and Murray State earlier this season and as it just seems that Jacksonville State bring their best when facing the top-tier competition of the OVC, I think the Gamecocks and their defense will do enough to at worst, cover with the points. Take Jacksonville State and the points.  

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