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Jacksonville State vs Florida Gulf Coast Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Gamecocks vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
- Where: Fort Myers at Alico Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Jacksonville State +11, JAXST +470 | FLGC -674 O/U 134.0
Jacksonville State heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-11. So far, the Gamecocks have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 2-8. For the season, Jacksonville State has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 1-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Gamecocks being +11 point underdogs.
Jacksonville State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Demaree King who is averaging 14.16 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 42.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.11 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.
Florida Gulf Coast will take the floor against the Gamecocks with an overall record of 13-6. So far this season, Florida Gulf Coast has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Eagles as the -11 point favorites. The Eagles have been favored 12 times, going 9-3 straight up.
Florida Gulf Coast will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Isaiah Thompson who is averaging 13.0 points per game for the Eagles. Thompson 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 Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Chase Johnston who has hit 38.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.53 points per game.
Florida Gulf Coast comes into today’s matchup vs Jacksonville State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.4 points per game. Through 19 games, they have hit 45.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Eagles have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 317th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles -11
One reason we believe it is a good idea to bet on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks as +11 point underdogs at away is their tendency to control the pace of the game. This season, the Gamecocks have often limited possessions and slowed the game down, which should help them stay competitive against a Florida Gulf Coast team that prefers to run. Although Jacksonville State doesn’t often fare well as the underdog against the spread, we think playing at away and presenting a mismatch for the heavily favored Eagles gives them an advantage.
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