The No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers (7-3) will be at home in Thompson-Boling Arena when they meet the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (4-7). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
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In the Gamecocks’ last game, they were victorious over the Delaware State Hornets, 92-80. Jacara Cross was Jacksonville State’s leading scorer with 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting. Jacksonville State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.1 (below their season average of 30.1) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.685 (above their season average of 0.502). For those same stats, Delaware State was 18.2 and 0.525, respectively.
The Volunteers are hoping for a better outcome after their 78-66 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats in their last game. With 13 points and six assists, Jordan Bowden had a solid performance for Tennessee. Cincinnati had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.3 (above their season average of 30.2). Tennessee, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (17-17; 100.0 percent).
Tennessee figures to have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Volunteers currently rank 13th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.427), while Jacksonville State is 121st in effective field goal percentage (0.518).
Jacksonville State at Tennessee Odds Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Tennessee, ATS Winner – Jacksonville State, O/U – Over
The Gamecocks rank 78th in steals per game (7.2) while the Volunteers rank 132nd in steals allowed per game (7.2).
Tennessee ranks 16th in blocks per game (5.7) while Jacksonville State ranks 143rd (2.4).
The Volunteers rank 18th in assists allowed per game (9.4) while the Gamecocks rank 125th (13.0).
Tennessee ranks seventh in three pointers allowed per game (16.0) while Jacksonville State ranks 80th (20.6).
The Volunteers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 10.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Gamecocks have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (0.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (2.6 below their season average).