Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Gamecocks versus the Golden Panthers? Tip off is at at 6:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, FL. Jacksonville State is favored by -1.5 in this Conference USA conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 139 points.

JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS VS FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: FIU Golden Panthers +1.5

This game will be played at Ocean Bank Convocation Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Panthers.
  • Not only will FIU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Jacksonville State Stun the Crowd at Ocean Bank Convocation Center?

After winning their last game against Middle Tennessee 76-68, Jacksonville State comes into this game with a record of 13-14. On the road this season, the Gamecocks have gone 4-9, and they have lost their last five games away from home.

So far this season, Jacksonville State has been favored in 11 games, going 7-4 in those games. For the year, they have a scoring differential of -0.5 points per game on the road.

As the favorite this season, Jacksonville State has gone 6-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gamecocks have an ATS mark of 5-5. On the road, Jacksonville State’s ATS record is 7-5-1 this year and they are 1-1-1 vs. the spread in their last three road games.

Today’s over/under line of 139 is higher than the average over/under line in Jacksonville State’s games this season (135). So far, 16 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 131 points.

In their recent matchup, the Jacksonville State offense ended with 76 points against Middle Tennessee. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 39.3% and made 3 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Kyky Tandy, who holds an average of 17.7 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Juwan Perdue is averaging 8.7 points per game this season.

So far this season, the Jacksonville State defense has been performing well, ranking 25th in the country at 65.0 points allowed per contest. Against Middle Tennessee in their most recent game, the Jacksonville State defense gave up a total of 68 points while allowing Middle Tennessee to hit 39% of their shots.

Will FIU Win at Home?

FIU will be looking to snap their 11-game road losing streak as they enter this game as a 1.5-point underdog. So far this season, the Golden Panthers have gone 8-7 at home compared to 0-11 on the road. In their last game, they defeated Liberty by a score of 76-71.

Overall, FIU has gone 9-18, including a 4-8 record in Conference USA games. In their last 10 games at home, they have gone 7-3, and over their last five home games, they are 3-2. So far this season, they have been the underdog in 15 of their 27 games, going 2-13 in those matchups.

As the underdog, FIU has gone 7-8 vs. the spread this season. They have an overall ATS mark of 12-14. At home, the Golden Panthers are 8-7 vs. the spread this year and they have gone 6-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.

FIU’s over/under record this season is 13-12-1. Today’s over/under line of 139 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (147.3). So far, 19 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

Coming off their recent game, the FIU offense tallied 76 points in a matchup against Liberty. Their field goal percentage for the game was 45.3%, and they made 6 threes. Leading FIU in scoring vs. Liberty was Arturo Dean with his 24 points. Javaunte Hawkins also added 20 points for the Golden Panthers.

Coming into the game, FIU will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 76.3 points per game (275th). In their previous game vs. Liberty, the Flames finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 71 points vs. FIU.