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Bellarmine vs Jacksonville State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Knights vs Gamecocks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Bellarmine Knights at Jacksonville State Gamecocks
  • Where: Jacksonville at Pete Mathews Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Bellarmine +2.5, BELLA +120 | JAXST -148 O/U 129.0

Knights Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Jacksonville State, the Bellarmine Knights will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 6-10. So far, the Knights have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 2-7. For the season, Bellarmine has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 2-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Knights being +2.5 point underdogs.

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Bellarmine’s leading scorer this season is Garrett Tipton, who is averaging 12.81 points per contest. So far, Tipton has accounted for 18.98% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.56 rebounds per game and 1.81 assists. Ben Johnson is the second leading scorer for the Knights, averaging 10.33 points per game. Between him and Johnson, they are accounting for 33.3% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Bellarmine this season, as they are currently ranked 235th in college basketball at 70.1 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 Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 243rd in the NCAA.

Gamecocks Preview:

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 7-9. Currently, the Gamecocks have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Gamecocks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Jacksonville State has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2.

Jacksonville State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Demaree King who is averaging 14.75 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 43.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.44 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 -2.5

For this showdown between the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Bellarmine Knights, 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 Bellarmine are 85th and 253rd 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 -2.5 in favor of Jacksonville State, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.

 


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