Jacksonville State Gamecocks (7-2) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (3-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Sam M. Vadalabene Center)
The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +4.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the SIU Edwardsville Cougars meet Saturday in college basketball action from Vadalabene Center.
Jacksonville State comes into this matchup at 7-2 overall. The Gamecocks are riding a four-game winning streak and coming off a victory over TN-Martin. As for SIU Edwardsville, they’re 3-4 this season. The Cougars managed a win over Morehead State in their last outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Jacksonville State kicked off the year with a loss to Alabama, but then won their next three outings versus Florida Atlantic, South Alabama and Mobile. After a loss to FIU, the Gamecocks won their next four games versus Tennessee Tech (twice), Carver and TN-Martin.
In the win over the Skyhawks, Jacksonville State’s Amanze Ngumezi logged 20 points with eight rebounds and one assist to lead the team. Jalen Finsh added 18 points with four assists and two rebounds, and Darian Adams had 16 points with three assists and four boards.
Over on the SIU Edwardsville side, they opened the season on consecutive losses to Saint Louis and LSU. Wins over STL COP and Northern Illinois followed before losses to Omaha and Valparaiso. The Cougars’ last game was a 69-65 victory over Morehead State on December 18.
In the win over the Eagles, SIU Edwardsville’s Sidney Wilson managed 18 points with nine rebounds and five assists. Carlos Curtis was the only other Cougars player in double-figures there, notching 13 points with five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of action.
The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus a team with a winning straight-up record. The under is 4-0 in SIU Edwardsville’s last four overall and 4-0 in their last four home games.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville State is 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last five versus a team with a losing straight-up record and the under is 10-3 in their last 13 Saturday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Jacksonville State in this one. The Gamecocks have put together a nice run during this four-game winning streak, notching 73 or more points in each outing. The scoring has been pretty good for Jacksonville State most of the season; they’ve hit 70 or more in each of their last seven games. SIU Edwardsville has been at 69 or below in each of their last three, and though I expect the Cougars to keep up for a while here this should be a nice opportunity for a cover if the Gamecocks’ offense is clicking.