The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (3-4) and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (6-2), who both like to play patient, will square off at Pete Mathews Coliseum. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 134.5 points with Jacksonville State opening as a 10.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, December 8, 2017.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks Free Preview
The Warhawks lost a tough one against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in their last contest, 68-65. Louisiana-Monroe’s Travis Munnings put up 16 points and eight rebounds in the contest. Stephen F. Austin had a turnover percentage of 12.5 (better than their season average of 20.1). Louisiana-Monroe, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.568 vs. 0.510).
In the Gamecocks last matchup, they dismantled the Samford Bulldogs, 89-58. With 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Malcolm Drumwright was the top scorer from either team. Jacksonville State played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.726 (above their season average of 0.570) and a free throw rate of 0.226 (below their season average of 0.227). For those same stats, Samford put up marks of 0.400 and 0.167, respectively.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams clash. Jacksonville State ranks 321st in possessions per game (66.1) and Louisiana-Monroe is 300th (67.3) dating back to last season.
Games including these teams have typically gone over the O/U total. Louisiana-Monroe games have finished over 100.0 percent of the time, while Jacksonville State games have finished over 75.0 percent of the time. The Gamecocks hold a sizable advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 6-2 SU and 3-1 ATS, while the Warhawks are 3-4 SU and 1-1 ATS.
The Warhawks won the sole contest against the Gamecocks last season, 88-83. The Warhawks dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.509 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.575. For those same stats, the Gamecocks had marks of 0.226 and 0.556, respectively.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Jacksonville State, ATS Winner – Louisiana-Monroe, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Warhawks rank 137th in three pointers attempted per game (22.1) while the Gamecocks rank 157th in three pointers allowed per game (21.4).
- Louisiana-Monroe ranks 257th in steals per game (5.0) while Jacksonville State ranks 271st (4.8).
- Jacksonville State ranks 71st in blocks per game (4.1) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 253rd (2.1).
- The Gamecocks rank 44th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while the Warhawks rank 154th (13.3).
- Jacksonville State ranks 33rd in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while Louisiana-Monroe ranks 132nd (34.5).