The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (5-2) will be at home in Pete Mathews Coliseum when they take on the Samford Bulldogs (2-5). Action gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
Samford Bulldogs vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks Free Preview
In the Bulldogs last game, they were victorious over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 83-70. Justin Coleman was the games high scorer with 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Samford dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.250 (above their season average of 0.166) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.673 (above their season average of 0.517). For those same stats, Mississippi Valley State put up marks of 0.111 and 0.500, respectively.
The Gamecocks will look to maintain momentum after topping the Alabama State Hornets in their last matchup, 77-69. Jacksonville State received a boost from Christian Cunningham, who finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Gamecocks held the Hornets to an effective field goal percentage of 0.395 (below their season average of 0.446) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 32.5).
Jacksonville State figures to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. Since the 2016-17 season, the Gamecocks rank 65th in effective field goal percentage (0.535), while Samford ranks 229th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.511).
Both of these teams have a tendency to finish over the O/U total. Samford games have gone over 75.0 percent of the time, while 66.7 percent of games including Jacksonville State have finished over. The Gamecocks hold a sizable advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 5-2 SU and 2-1 ATS, while the Bulldogs are 2-5 SU and 0-4 ATS.
The Bulldogs won the only contest against the Gamecocks last season, 81-77. Samford had a much better turnover percentage (8.8 vs. 25.1). Jacksonville State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.0 vs. 10.7).
Samford Bulldogs vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Jacksonville State, ATS Winner – Jacksonville State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Gamecocks rank 32nd in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while the Bulldogs rank 179th (35.4).
- Samford ranks 167th in steals per game (6.1) while Jacksonville State ranks 292nd (4.7).
- Jacksonville State ranks 32nd in assists allowed per game (11.3) while Samford ranks 308th (17.0).
- The Gamecocks rank 65th in blocks per game (4.2) while the Bulldogs rank 247th (2.4).
- Jacksonville State ranks 158th in three pointers allowed per game (21.2) while Samford ranks 306th (24.7).