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Jacksonville State vs. Tennessee State - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee State at Jacksonville State
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pete Mathews Coliseum
Jacksonville, AL
The Line
Jacksonville State Gamecocks -14.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Tennessee State at Jacksonville State
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The Tennessee State Tigers will travel to Pete Mathews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Tennessee State Tigers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-17 (5-8 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Belmont Bruins, 77-66, this past Thursday night. Tennessee State struggled offensively agianst the Bruins and couldn’t fight back after Belmont took a 66-54 lead with 6:16 left in regulation. Tennessee State allowed Belmont to shoot 47.3% from the field while the Tigers shot just 37.5% from the field & 32.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals.

On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 71.9 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (15.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), Kamar McKnight (11.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 apg), Michael Littlejohn (8.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Armani Chaney (8.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-8 (10-3 OVC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 67-57, this past Thursday. Jacksonville State dominated Tennessee Tech on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 34-19 halftime lead. Jacksonville State held Tennessee Tech to just 34.4% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Golden Eagles by a 49-32 margin. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Jason Burnell who had a double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assits, 2 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 75.9 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Jason Burnell (15.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 spg), Marlon Hunter (13.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 spg), Ty Hudson (10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jamall Gregory (9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.3 spg).

Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 games overall.

Tennessee State has lost 6 of their last 10 games and come into this game ranked 210th in scoring offense, 297th in scoring defense, and 307th in defensive FG%.

Jacksonville State has won 4 of their last 6 games and have been solid on both sides of the court this season as the Gamecocks currently rank 105th in scoring offense, T-66th in scoring defense, and 30th in defensive FG%.

Tennessee State has played better as of late, however, this is a Tigers team that is just 3-11 on the road this season and has already lost to Jacksonville State by a 69-62 margin at home earlier this season. Jacksonville State is an impressive 8-1 at home this season as I think the Gamecocks and their defense will give Tennessee State a bunch of trouble, I’m taking Jacksonville State to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Jacksonville State Gamecocks -14.5

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