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North Florida vs Jacksonville State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Ospreys vs Gamecocks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Florida Ospreys at Jacksonville State Gamecocks
- Where: Jacksonville at Pete Mathews Coliseum
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: North Florida +1, NFL -104 | JAXST -118 O/U 141.5
Through 16 games, the North Florida Ospreys have an overall record of 7-9. On the road, the Ospreys will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 1-9. So far, the Ospreys have been the underdog 9 times, going 0-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Carter Hendricksen comes into today’s game as the Ospreys’ leading scorer at 13.81 points per contest. Not only has Hendricksen been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Florida’s top rebounder at 6.25 boards per contest. Behind Hendricksen, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jarius Hicklen, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.69 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.6% of his shots and is adding 3.56 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 283rd in college basketball at 68.5 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 Ospreys’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 259th in the NCAA.
Through 17 games, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks have an overall record of 7-10. So far this season, Jacksonville State has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Gamecocks as the -1 point favorites. The Gamecocks have been favored 6 times, going 3-3 straight up.
Jacksonville State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Demaree King who is averaging 14.82 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 43.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.41 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 -1
For this showdown between the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and North Florida Ospreys, 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 North Florida are 85th and 76th 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 -1 in favor of Jacksonville State, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.