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Austin Peay vs Jacksonville State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds

Governors vs Gamecocks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Austin Peay Governors at Jacksonville State Gamecocks
  • Where: Jacksonville at Pete Mathews Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 28th
  • Betting Odds: Austin Peay +5.5, AUSP +195 | JAXST -245 O/U 132.0

Governors Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Austin Peay Governors are in the middle of a 5 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-14. So far, the Governors have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 2-9. For the season, Austin Peay has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 2-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Governors being +5.5 point underdogs.

Sean Durugordon comes into today’s game as the Governors’ leading scorer at 12.95 points per contest. Not only has Durugordon been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Austin Peay’s top rebounder at 6.0 boards per contest. Behind Durugordon, the team has benefited from the strong play of Elijah Hutchins-Everett, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.05 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.1% of his shots and is adding 6.0 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Austin Peay this season, as they are currently ranked 390th in college basketball at 64.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Governors’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.5%, placing them 387th in the NCAA.

Gamecocks Preview:

Through 22 games, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks have an overall record of 9-13. So far this season, Jacksonville State has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Gamecocks as the -5.5 point favorites. The Gamecocks have been favored 7 times, going 4-3 straight up.

Jacksonville State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Demaree King who is averaging 14.55 points per game for the Gamecocks. King is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Gamecocks’ offensive game plan is the play of Skyelar Potter who has hit 41.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.82 points per game.

Coming into the game, Jacksonville State is averaging 73.9, which is 117th in the college basketball. A strength of the team’s offensive attack is their ability to knock down shots from deep. So far, the Gamecocks are 51st in 3-point shooting percentage (38.8%). In terms of pace, Jacksonville State perfers to slow the game down, averaging just 66.1 possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Jacksonville State Gamecocks -5.5

For this showdown between the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Austin Peay Governors, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, Jacksonville State and Austin Peay are 85th and 248th in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate Jacksonville State continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 38.8% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -5.5 in favor of Jacksonville State, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.