Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Betting Odds

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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (18-12, 10-7 OVC) and Jacksonville State Gamecocks (19-11, 10-7 OVC) will clash at Hooper Eblen Arena to wrap up the regular season. Jacksonville State opened as a 2.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 138.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Odds Preview

In the Gamecocks last game, they were victorious over the Belmont Bruins, 78-67. With 10 points and 10 rebounds, Jacksonville State’s Cam Martin played well. Jacksonville State played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.175 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.4 (below their season average of 33.3). For those same stats, Belmont was 0.063 and 19.0, respectively.

The Golden Eagles hope to keep it rolling after beating the Tennessee State Tigers in their last outing, 69-64. Tennessee Tech was led by Curtis Phillips Jr. who finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The Golden Eagles, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.509, had a great mark of 0.576 and had a free throw rate of 0.348 (above their season average of 0.247).

Tennessee Tech might have difficulty finding the bottom of the net as they go head-to-head against one of the nations best defenses. Jacksonville State currently ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency, while the Golden Eagles rank 251st in offensive efficiency.

Of Jacksonville State’s 24 games that accepted bets, 12 have finished over the O/U total, while 17 of Tennessee Tech’s 26 games have finished under the projected point total. Both teams have respectable straight up (SU) records (19-11 for Jacksonville State; 18-12 for Tennessee Tech), but the Gamecocks have the edge against the spread (ATS). Jacksonville State is 14-10 ATS, while the Golden Eagles are 11-14-1.

Phillips Jr. has been impressive over the last five games for Tennessee Tech, averaging 18.6 points and 2.0 steals per game.

These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 147 points in that game, which was over the projected point total of 139. The Gamecocks won 82-65, covering as 9-point favorites. The Gamecocks dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 41.7 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.540. The Golden Eagles put up marks of 28.9 and 0.411, respectively, for those same stats. Jason Burnell recorded a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Free Prediction

Pick: SU Winner – Jacksonville State, ATS Winner – Jacksonville State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • The Golden Eagles rank 22nd in steals per game (7.9) while the Gamecocks rank 142nd (6.1).
  • Tennessee Tech ranks 178th in three pointers attempted per game (21.3) while Jacksonville State ranks 267th (18.2).
  • On the road, Jacksonville State is 7-5 ATS with 6 unders, 5 overs and 1 push.
  • Tennessee Tech is 5-3-1 ATS at home with 7 unders and 2 overs.
  • Jacksonville State averages 38.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 53rd in the nation. Tennessee Tech ranks 203rd in rebounds allowed per game (36.0).
  • The Gamecocks average 5.0 blocks per game, which ranks 24th in the nation. The Golden Eagles rank 147th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
  • Jacksonville State ranks 38th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while Tennessee Tech ranks 161st (13.8).

Betting Trends:

  • Tennessee Tech is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
  • Over their last five games, Jacksonville State is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
  • The Golden Eagles have been outscored by an average of 4.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Tennessee Tech has defeated opponents by an average of 0.9 points.
  • During their last five games, the Gamecocks have scored an average of 64.8 points per game (7.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.0 points per game (0.2 above their season average).