Looking to win big? The Golden Panthers and Gamecocks face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The Gamecocks are hosting the game at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 140.5 points, and Jacksonville State is favored by -3.5 to win at home against FIU.

FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS VS JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Jacksonville State Gamecocks -3.5

This game will be played at Von Braun Center at 9:00 ET on Tuesday, March 12th.

WHY BET THE JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Gamecocks.
  • Not only will Jacksonville State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can FIU Pull Off a Road Win?

FIU will look to snap their two-game losing streak as they head to Jacksonville State as 3.5-point underdogs. So far this season, the Golden Panthers are 10-21, including a 5-11 mark in Conference USA action.

On the road, FIU has yet to win a game, going 0-13. Their average margin of defeat on the road is -11.6 points per game. In their last game, the Golden Panthers lost to New Mexico State, 77-70.

As the underdog this season, FIU has gone 9-10 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-8 and they are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, FIU has gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

FIU’s over/under record this season sits at 17-12-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 147.3 points. Today’s over/under line of 140.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 158 points, and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 7-3.

The FIU offense is coming off a game where they scored 70 points against New Mexico State. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.4% and connected on 8 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Javaunte Hawkins, who holds an average of 13.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Arturo Dean is averaging 13 points per game this season.

Facing Jacksonville State, FIU aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 76.8 points allowed per game (291st). Against New Mexico State, the Golden Panthers’ defense gave up 77 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, New Mexico State only made 5 free-throws.

Will the Gamecocks Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

At home this season, Jacksonville State has gone 7-7, and they come into this game on a two-game losing streak. Over their last 10 games at home, the Gamecocks have gone 6-4.

On the year, Jacksonville State has gone 14-17, including a 6-10 mark in Conference USA. They are favored by 3.5 points in this game, and they have gone 8-6 in games where they were favored.

When looking at Jacksonville State’s ATS record this season, they are currently sitting at .500 with a mark of 14-14-1. At home, their ATS record is just 6-8 this season and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Jacksonville State games is 13-16. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 134.4 points. Today’s over/under line of 140.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (135.1).

The Gamecocks’ offense wrapped up their last game with 73 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 70.1 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Kyky Tandy who comes into today’s matchup averaging 18.3. Juwan Perdue also heads into the game with a PPG average of 8.4.

In the current season, the Jacksonville State defense has excelled, sitting 33rd in the nation by allowing 66.1 points per game. Against Sam Houston State in their most recent game, the Jacksonville State defense gave up a total of 81 points while allowing Sam Houston State to hit 54% of their shots.