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Austin Peay vs. Jacksonville State - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (18-10) at Austin Peay Governors (15-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Winfield Dunn Center)

The Line: Austin Peay Governors -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: APSU TV

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will travel to the Winfield Dunn Center to take on the Austin Peay Governors this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 18-10 (9-6 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Murray State Racers, 68-60, this past Thursday. Jacksonville State struggled from beyond the arc on the offensive end throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after Murray State took a 55-47 lead with just under five minutes left in regulation. Jacksonville State shot 43.1% from the field and 9.1% (1-11) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Marlon Hunter who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 72.2 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Malcolm Drumwright (13.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.4 apg), Jason Burnell (11.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 bpg), Marlon Hunter (9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg), and Norbertas Giga (8.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to average 64.9 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

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Austin Peay vs. Jacksonville State - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Austin Peay Governors dropped to 15-12 (10-5 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 86-80, this past Thursday. Austin Peay struggled defensively against Tennessee Tech and could never make a run in the 2nd half after the Governors entered halftime trailing by a 36-28 margin. Austin Peay allowed Tennessee Tech to shoot 53.1% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Governors was Averyl Ugba who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and a block. On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 73.7 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (15.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Averyl Ugba (15.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Dayton Gumm (11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), and Chris Porter-Bunton (7.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Gamecocks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 27-11 ATS in their last 38 road games. The Governors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Jacksonville State has lost 3 of their last 4 games however, the Gamecocks are still one of the better teams in the OVC and have the talent to beat anyone in the conference with a defense that is ranked 22nd in scoring defense and 19th in defensive FG%. Austin Peay has won 5 of their last 7 games and have been a balanced team this season as the Governors currently rank 192nd in scoring offense, 153rd in scoring defense, and 62nd in rebound margin. Jacksonville State is a respectable 6-6 on the road this season and as I think their defense will bring a better performance than what they should in their 1st meeting with the Governors, I’m taking Jacksonville State and the point.

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