The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in college basketball action from the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Jacksonville State Falls In OT
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will be looking to rebound from their first loss of the season after an 81-79 OT loss to Utah Tech last time out. KyKy Tandy leads the Gamecocks in scoring with 16 PPG while Quincy Clark has 14 PPG with a team-high 3 APG to lead Jacksonville State in the assist department this season. Caleb Johnson has 11 PPG with 4.5 RPG while Marcellus Brigham Jr. has 10 PPG with a team-high 6 RPG to lead Jacksonville State on the glass and to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Jacksonville State so far this season. Andres Burney also has 6 RPG for JSU this season. As a team, Jacksonville State is averaging 85 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the floor, 31.4% from three and 86.9% from the foul line this season.
West Virginia Upset By Monmouth
The West Virginia Mountaineers come into this one looking to rebound from their 73-65 loss to Monmouth last time out. Quinn Slazinski leads WVU in scoring and assists with 16.5 PPG and 3 APG while also adding 4.5 RPG while Jesse Edwards has 14.5 PPG with a team-high 13 RPG to average a double-double per game so far this season. Seth Wilson and Kobe Johnson each have 10.5 PPG with 3 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for West Virginia so far this year. Johnson also has 3 APG of his own while Josiah Harris has 8 PPG with 7 RPG as well on the year. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 66 PPG on 33.1% shooting from the field, 26.4% from three and 74.4% from the foul line this season.
I’m leaning towards Jacksonville State here though I don’t love the game. West Virginia is certainly talented enough to cover this number, as they have the talented pieces on the roster, but it just looks like this roster is adjusting to life under Josh Eilert. The offense has been slow-paced, which you don’t want laying big numbers, but also the Mountaineers just haven’t been hitting shots frequently enough to feel good about laying this number with them. Give me Jacksonville State and the points by default.