Check out our free Jacksonville vs Central Arkansas pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Conway. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Jacksonville vs Central Arkansas Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds

Dolphins vs Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Jacksonville Dolphins at Central Arkansas Bears
  • Where: Conway at Farris Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 28th
  • Betting Odds: Jacksonville -5, JAX -225 | CARK +180 O/U 140.0

Dolphins Preview:

The Jacksonville Dolphins head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 11-9. On the road, the Dolphins will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 4-8. This season, Jacksonville has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 6-2. For today’s contest, Jacksonville has a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

Jacksonville will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kevion Nolan who is averaging 13.8 points per game for the Dolphins. Nolan 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 Dolphins’ offensive game plan is the play of Gyasi Powell who has hit 47.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.95 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Jacksonville this season, as they are currently ranked 324th in college basketball at 67.1 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 Dolphins’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.1%, placing them 242nd in the NCAA.

Bears Preview:

Central Arkansas will take the floor against the Dolphins with an overall record of 7-15. So far this season, Central Arkansas has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-5. For the season, Central Arkansas has been the underdog in 17 games, sitting with a mark of 4-13. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bears being +5 point underdogs.

Central Arkansas’ leading scorer this season is Camren Hunter, who is averaging 17.57 points per contest. So far, Hunter has accounted for 22.35% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.48 rebounds per game and 4.19 assists. Eddy Kayouloud is the second leading scorer for the Bears, averaging 13.18 points per game. Between him and Kayouloud, they are accounting for 39.9% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Central Arkansas is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 22 games, they have only hit 30.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.15% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Jacksonville Dolphins -5

In this matchup between the Jacksonville Dolphins and Central Arkansas Bears, the oddsmakers have Jacksonville as the -5 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Dolphins to cover the spread as the road favorites. We are looking for the Dolphins’ offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, Jacksonville is averaging 6.03 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 34.1%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as Central Arkansas has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking Jacksonville laying the points.