Jacksonville at North Alabama
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 26, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Northern Alabama Lions - +1.5 -- Over/Under: 147
The Jacksonville Dolphins will travel to Flowers Hall to take on the North Alabama Lions this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Jacksonville Dolphins lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-17 (5-9 ASUN) on the season after being defeated by the NJIT Highlanders, 77-73, this past Saturday. Jacksonville struggled defensively against the Highlanders and although they held a late 71-67 lead, the Dolphins allowed NJIT to get the come from behind victory after the Highlanders closed out the final 2:59 of regulation on a 10-2 run. Jacksonville allowed NJIT to shoot 56.6% from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Dolphins was JD Notae who had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Jacksonville is averaging 75.8 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Dolphins are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville has been led by JD Notae (15.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Jace Hogan (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Tyreese Davis (10.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg), David Bell (7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg).
Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing their opponents to average 75.3 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field.
The North Alabama Lions dropped to 9-20 (6-8 ASUN) on the season after being defeated by the Stetson Hatters, 63-60, this past Saturday. North Alabama struggled on the offensive end against the hatters and couldn’t fight back after a Kenny Aninye jumper gave Stetson a 61-59 lead with 1:31 left in regulation. North Alabama shot just 33.9% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Lions was Tavon King who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.
On the season, North Alabama is averaging 65.1 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Alabama has been led by Jamari Blackmon (14.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg), Kendarius Smith (12.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Christian Agnew (11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 spg), and Kendall Stafford (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 apg).
Defensively, North Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 75.2 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field.
The Dolphins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Jacksonville has been playing better as of late as they’ve picked up 4 wins over their last 9 games, however, the Dolphins have really struggled defensively this season as they rank just 270th in scoring defense & 264th in defensive FG%. North Alabama has yet to reach double-digit wins this season, however, I was actually impressed with the Lions in the only game I watched them play this season as they almost upset a very good UNC-Greensboro team on the road earlier this year in a game they ended up losing by a 53-48 margin. North Alabama defeated Jacksonville on the road this season in mid-January by a 91-88 margin and as I think they’ll have success against the Dolphins again, I’m taking North Alabama to cover what I would expect to be a spread that will be pretty close to even. Good Luck!