Jacksonville State vs. Morehead State - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Morehead State Eagles (9-11) at Jacksonville State Gamecocks (8-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Pete Mathews Coliseum)
The Line: Jacksonville State Gamecocks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Morehead State Eagles will travel to Pete Mathews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Morehead State Eagles lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 9-11 (3-4 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 71-59, this past Thursday. Morehead State struggled offensively against Tennessee Tech and could never make a run after falling behind by a 38-29 margin at halftime. Morehead State shot just 20.0% from beyond the arc and committed 17 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Tyzhaun Claude who had 20 points and 6 rebounds.
On the season, Morehead State is averaging 69.9 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 29.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (13.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Djimon Henson (10.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Justin Thomas (9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.3 spg).
Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks dropped to 8-12 (3-4 OVC) on the season after being defeated by Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 81-77, this past Thursday. Jacksonville State had no answers on the defensive end agianst the Colonels and couldn’t fight back after Eastern Kentucky took a 65-54 lead midway through the 2nd half. Jacksonville State shot 54.5% from the field, however, allowed Eastern Kentucky to shoot 50.0% from the field and 52.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Jacara Cross who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks.
On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 73.2 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Jacara Cross (11.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), De’Torrion Ware (11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Kayne Henry (9.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Jacksonville State is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record, however, are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Morehead State comes into this game ranked T-221st in scoring offense, T-165th in scoring defense, and T-54th in blocks per game.
Jacksonville State has been led by their offense this season as they currently rank T-133rd in scoring offense and 80th in FG%.
Jacksonville State isn’t as strong of a team as we’ve seen in years past, however, the Gamecocks are solid at home as they currently have an 8-2 record at Pete Mathews Coliseum. Morehead State is just 1-9 on the road this season which includes losing their last three road games by an average of 15.3 ppg and as I think the Jacksonville offense will be able to put up some points against the Eagles, I’m taking Jacksonville State to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!