OVC foes will collide when the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (4-10, 1-0 OVC) meet the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (6-8, 1-0 OVC) at McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Eastern Kentucky Colonels Betting Preview
In the Gamecocks’ last matchup, they defeated the Morehead State Eagles, 76-72. Martin Roub was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting. The Gamecocks, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.529, had a great mark of 0.553 and had a free throw rate of 0.228 (above their season average of 0.164).
The Colonels will look to maintain momentum after defeating the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in their last game, 74-59. With 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Tre King was Eastern Kentucky’s high scorer. Eastern Kentucky played a nearly perfect contest. They had a free throw rate of 0.107 (below their season average of 0.230) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.607 (above their season average of 0.448). Tennessee Tech was 0.063 and 0.430, respectively, for those same stats.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after splitting two games last season. The Gamecocks won the most recent game 104-101. The Gamecocks played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.243 and a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.9. For those same stats, the Colonels had marks of 0.136 and 25.5, respectively.
This contest should be a showdown of contrasting styles. Eastern Kentucky prefers to play quickly (fifth in possessions per game), while Jacksonville State is slower-paced (128th in possessions per game). Also, the Gamecocks rank 259th in turnover percentage (20.6 percent), while the Colonels rank seventh in opponents’ turnover percentage (26.9 percent).
Jacksonville State vs. Eastern Kentucky ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Jacksonville State, ATS Winner – Jacksonville State, O/U – Under
The Colonels rank 30th in three pointers attempted per game (27.1) while the Gamecocks rank 107th (23.6).
Jacksonville State ranks 70th in rebounds allowed per game (33.0) while Eastern Kentucky ranks 254th (41.0).
The Gamecocks rank 84th in assists per game (14.3) while the Colonels rank 204th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
Eastern Kentucky averages 10.2 steals per game, which ranks fifth in the country. Jacksonville State ranks 107th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
The Colonels’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.0, up from 2.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Gamecocks have scored an average of 85.2 points per game (11.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (0.5 below their season average).