OVC foes will clash when the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (9-12, 4-4 OVC) square off against the Tennessee State Tigers (12-9, 4-4 OVC) at Pete Mathews Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Tennessee State Tigers vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds Preview
The last time the Tigers played, they fell to the Murray State Racers, 76-64. Michael Littlejohn had a good game for Tennessee State, contributing 15 points, five assists and five steals. Murray State did a fantastic job of making free throws (18-22; 81.8 percent). Tennessee State, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.571 vs. 0.558).
The Gamecocks will look to maintain momentum after dismantling the Morehead State Eagles in their last contest, 72-51. With 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting, Kayne Henry was the top scorer from either team. Jacksonville State dominated every stat category in the contest. They had a turnover percentage of 13.6 (better than their season average of 18.6) and a free throw rate of 0.222 (above their season average of 0.192). Morehead State was 24.6 and 0.140, respectively, for those same stats.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Gamecocks won both games last season. In the last matchup, Jacksonville State won 84-65. The Gamecocks played a perfect game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.345 and a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 48.3. The Tigers recorded marks of 0.216 and 34.5, respectively, for those same stats.
When considering effective field goal percentage, Jacksonville State should have a considerable advantage. The elite Gamecocks offense ranks 86th in the nation in that metric at 0.521, while the Tennessee State defense is ranked 200th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.493).
Tennessee State vs. Jacksonville State Free Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Jacksonville State, ATS Winner – Jacksonville State, O/U – Under
The Gamecocks average 22.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 124th in the country. The Tigers rank 152nd in three pointers allowed per game (22.0).
Tennessee State ranks 14th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Jacksonville State ranks 97th (3.3).
The Tigers rank 49th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while the Gamecocks rank 132nd (12.7).
Tennessee State ranks 35th in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while Jacksonville State ranks 68th (32.9).
The Gamecocks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 4.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 73.0 points per game (2.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.6 points per game (4.0 above their season average).