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Jacksonville State vs. Belmont - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Belmont at Jacksonville State
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:15 PM (EST)
Location
Pete Mathews Coliseum
Jacksonville, AL
The Line
Jacksonville State Gamecocks -1 -- Over/Under: 150
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Belmont Bruins will travel to the Pete Mathews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Belmont Bruins won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-3 (3-1 OVC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 109-93, this past Saturday. Belmont had no trouble putting up points against the struggling Eastern Kentucky defense and easily had this one in hand after going into halftime with a 64-46 lead. Belmont shot 55.9% from the field, 47.8% from beyond the arc, and outrebounded Eastern Kentucky by a 48-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bruins was Dylan Windler who had a double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Belmont is averaging 86.3 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Belmont has been led by Dylan Windler (18.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg), Kevin McClain (14.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Nick Muszynski (14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.5 bpg), and Grayson Murphy (11.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.0 spg).

Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-5 (4-0 OVC) on the season after defeating the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 90-54, this past Saturday. Jacksonville State dominated SIU-Edwardsville on both ends of the court and had little trouble securing the win after the Gamecocks went into halftime with a 38-24 lead. Jacksonville State shot 60.0% from the field, while holding SIU-Edwardsville to just 30.4% shooting from the field & 25.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Jason Burnell who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 76.4 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Jason Burnell (14.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.1 bpg), Marlon Hunter (12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 spg), Detrick Mostella (10.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg), and Ty Hudson (9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg).

Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

The Bruins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 Thursday games. The Gamecocks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Belmont has won 6 of their last 8 games and although their defense can give up some points as they currently rank 270th in scoring defense, the Bruins have an explosive offense that currently ranks 10th in scoring offense, 4th in assists per game, 38th in FG%, and 26th in three-pointers made per game. Jacksonville State has won 7 of their last 8 games and have been led by their defense this season which currently ranks 46th in scoring defense, 58th in rebound margin, and 32nd in defensive FG%.

Belmont has been one of the best teams in the OVC for many years and this year isn’t any different, however, if there is one team that has recently given the Bruins some trouble, it’s been Jacksonville State who has won their last 4 match-ups against Belmont. Jacksonville State has an outstanding defense and between the fact that they already defeated Belmont on the road this season and are undefeated at home on the year, I’m taking Jacksonville State to cover this small home spread.

Pick:
Jacksonville State Gamecocks -1

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