The IUPUI Jaguars and the Citadel Bulldogs meet Friday in college basketball action from Lakefront Arena. IUPUI is coming off a Thursday matchup versus New Orleans. In that one the Jaguars fell by a slim three-point margin. As for the Citadel, they played Denver in their Thursday game. The Bulldogs ended up losing a close one as well. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
IUPUI lost three straight games out of the gate. The Jaguars fell to Iowa State, Drake and Chicago State in succession before getting their first win over Franklin. Game five was another loss for IUPUI, this time 86-64 versus Denver.
In the New Orleans matchup on Thursday, the Jaguars trailed by three heading into the second half. IUPUI kept the pace from there but still lost 87-84. Bryce Monroe led the team on 29 points, and Chris Osten doubled on 14 points and 10 boards.
Over on the Bulldogs’ side, they hit a 3-2 run over their first five games. The losses came to Clemson and Butler. The three wins were courtesy of Presbyterian, Morris College and New Orleans.
Matched up against Denver on Thursday, the Citadel trailed by one point at halftime. The Bulldogs posted 38 points in the second half on the way to a 74-71 loss. Both Elijah Morgan and Austin Ash posted 15 points apiece in the defeat.
PICK: I might take a stab on IUPUI here. The Jaguars shot a blistering 62.5 percent from the field in their win over New Orleans on Thursday. IUPUI had a 29-27 rebounding deficit and had just 11 assists to New Orleans’ 23, though. Still, it was a strong effort keeping up with the quick pace.
As for the Citadel, they also had a near-miss loss on Thursday but played fairly well. The Bulldogs hit 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the line and shot 45.5 percent from the field. If both teams are on in this one, we could have another high-scoring shootout.