The Liberty Flames and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks meet Saturday in college basketball action from Pete Mathews Coliseum. Liberty is coming off a Thursday game versus Kennesaw State. The Flames ended up falling by seven points. As for Jacksonville State, they played Queens NC in their Thursday matchup. In that one the Gamecocks took a seven-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Liberty posted a 15-5 run over their first 20 outings of the year. The Flames managed to go 6-1 in the next seven on a great stretch of games, beating North Florida, Stetson, Florida Gulf Coast, Austin Peay, Bellarmine and Eastern Kentucky.
In the Kennesaw State matchup on Thursday, the Flames were ahead 41-36 going into the second half. Liberty was outscored 52-40 from there and lost 88-81, however. Darius McGhee posted 43 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Over on the Jacksonville State side, they went 8-12 in their first 20 games. The Gamecocks would go just 2-5 in their next seven with losses to Stetson, Eastern Kentucky, Bellarmine and Kennesaw State (twice) alongside wins over Lipscomb and Austin Peay.
Matched up against Queens NC in the Thursday game, the Gamecocks held a 35-31 advantage at the break. Jacksonville State hit a 41-38 run from there and won 76-69. Demaree King was the lead scorer on 27 points and six assists.
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I’ll probably stick with Liberty here, even coming off the tough loss to Kennesaw State. The Flames have been on a shaky 2-2 run over their last four, but they’ve still scored pretty well with 70 or more points in three straight outings. These teams last met up back on January 5 in a blowout win 75-41 for the Flames. Liberty jumped out to a 38-13 halftime lead in that one and cruised the rest of the way. I doubt this one will be quite so lopsided but I still like the Flames on a potential cover.