Belmont at Jacksonville State Free CBB Pick

Belmont at Jacksonville State Free CBB Pick

Last Updated: 2017-03-06

The Belmont Bruins (15-6) will attempt to extend an eight-game winning streak when they take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (8-15) at Pete Mathews Coliseum. The game gets underway at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, Jan. 28.


The Gamecocks beat Morehead State 78-74 on Sunday. Greg Tucker led all scorers on the team with 24 points on 5-for-9 shooting. The Bruins, meanwhile, are coming off a 103-95 win over Tennessee State on Sunday. Evan Bradds had a good game and claimed his 10th double-double of the season, posting 36 points and 11 rebounds.

Jacksonville State, a nine-point underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Belmont. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at 159 points.

For updated lines, check out BTB’s College Basketball Odds.

The Gamecocks enter the game with records of 8-15 Straight Up (SU) and 10-7 Against The Spread (ATS). Jacksonville State is excellent from the perimeter with 186 three-pointers made (8.0 per game), the 37th-most in the country. Jacksonville State is very careful and attentive with the ball, averaging the 28th-fewest turnovers per game at only 10.9.

Across the court, the Bruins head into the game with records of 9-8-1 ATS and 15-6 SU. The Bruins rank 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 83.1 points per game. Belmont is one of the top foul-shooting teams in the nation, hitting .732 of their shots from the line.

These conference rivals will be facing off in their first head-to-head clash of the season. When they last met the Gamecocks were winners, but Belmont still leads the head-to-head record over their most recent games, 7-3 SU. The teams have an even record ATS, 3-3. Belmont held the edge in field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers once in the last five game, while Jacksonville State wasn’t able to do so in that span.

Predictions: SU Winner – JacSt, ATS Winner – JacSt, O/U – Over


Belmont is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road.

Belmont is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville State’s last 6 games when playing Belmont.

Belmont is one of the top-scoring teams in the nation, averaging 83.1 points per game (ranked 17th). Jacksonville State, on the other hand, allows 71.5 points per game (ranked 177th).

Ranked 44th, the Belmont Bruins have an offensive rating of 113.5. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks rank 278th with a defensive rating of just 108.1.

The Belmont Bruins have one of the best field goal percentages this season, ranking 10th in the nation with a FG% of 49.4%. When their opponents record a similar or higher FG%, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks have a poor 3-5 record.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the Belmont Bruins both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. Jacksonville State is 274th and 237th in the nation for FG% and eFG% respectively, while Belmont is 10th and fifth in these categories.

The Belmont Bruins rank 21st in assists per game, making an average of 17.2. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are among the worst in the country with 12.8 assists per game (ranked 226th).

Jacksonville State ranks 220th in offensive rebounds, while Belmont ranks 63rd in defensive rebounds.

Jacksonville State has forced an average turnover percentage of 18.9% this season. Belmont has a poor 2-5 record when its TO% is 18.9% or higher.

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