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Eastern Kentucky vs Jacksonville Basketball Picks 3-5-24

Jacksonville Dolphins (15-16) vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels (17-13)
March 5, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -8.5; Over/Under: +145.5
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The Jacksonville Dolphins will play the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in the Quarterfinals of the ASUN Tournament on Tuesday night at Baptist Health Arena in Richmond, Kentucky. Let’s take a look at the Jacksonville preview, Eastern Kentucky preview, betting matchup, and the Jacksonville vs Eastern Kentucky prediction.

Jacksonville Preview

The Jacksonville Dolphins are 15-16 (5-11) this season after they defeated Kennesaw State by a score of 92-86 in the first round of the tournament on Monday. Jacksonville led 35-33 at halftime and scored 57 points in the second half for the win. The Dolphins shot 50% from the field and made 13 three pointers in the game. Jacksonville had lost four of their previous five games, with the lone win coming against North Florida. The Dolphins are scoring 70.8 points per game with 36.6 rebounds per game and 10.8 assists per game, while allowing 71.7 points against per game this season. Robert McCray V is averaging 17.2 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. Jacksonville is shooting 43.3% from the field, 69% on free throws, and 31.7% on three pointers this year. 

Eastern Kentucky Preview

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are 17-13 (12-4) this year after they lost to Lipscomb by a score of 81-67 in their last game. Eastern Kentucky led 38-30 at halftime, but they were out scored 51-29 in the second half for the loss. The Colonels shot 39.7% from the field and were -4 in rebounding margin in the game. Eastern Kentucky lost to Austin Peay by a score of 83-79 in the game prior to Lipscomb, but did win the previous four games. The Colonels are scoring 81.3 points per game with 40.3 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game, while allowing 76.8 points against per game this year. Leland Walker is averaging 15.6 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game. Eastern Kentucky is shooting 46.1% from the field, 68.2% on free throws, and 36.3% on three pointers this season. 

Jacksonville vs Eastern Kentucky Betting Prediction

Eastern Kentucky comes into this matchup as the one seed in the ASUN Tournament, but they have lost two games in a row. The Colonels are scoring over 81 points per game on the season, but they do allow 76.8 points against per game on defense. Jacksonville is only shooting 43.3% from the field this year, but they were able to score 92 points last night. Eastern Kentucky won the first meeting between these teams by a score of 75-59 at home, but I am looking at the total in this game. Eastern Kentucky has been involved with a lot of higher scoring games recently and I think that will be the case again, especially with Jacksonville coming off of a strong performance. Take the over here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Over 145.5

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David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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