Tennessee State at Jacksonville State: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Tennessee State at Jacksonville State: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (7-4) vs Tennessee State Tigers (2-6)

Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Pete Mathews Coliseum)

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The Tennessee State Tigers will travel to Pete Matthews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Tennessee State Tigers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 2-6 on the season after defeating the UT-Martin Skyhawks, 74-62, this past Thursday night. Tennessee State was solid on the offensive end against the Skyhawks and was able to pull away after taking a 66-53 lead with 4:50 left in regulation. Tennessee State shot 54.3% from the field and 47.4% from beyond the arc while UT Martin shot 42.6% from the field and 23.5% from beyond the arc. Tennessee State was outrebounded by UT-Martin by a 30-28 margin, however, did force 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. who had 21 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, & 2 steals.

On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 69.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 28.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Mark Freeman (14.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.8 spg), Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. (12.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Shakem Johnson (7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), & Monty Johal (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg).

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Defensively, Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 72.9 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-4 on the season after being defeated by the Morehead State Eagles, 56-55, this past Saturday. Jacksonville State struggled getting anything going on the offensive end against Morehead State and could not fight back after the Eagles took a 39-28 lead with 14:48 left in regulation. Jacksonville State shot just 33.3% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc while Morehead State shot 40.4% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Jacksonville State was outrebounded by Morehead State by a 41-35 margin and forced just 11 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Brandon Huffman who had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, & 1 block.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 72.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Darian Adams (13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.2 apg), Jalen Finch (10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Kayne Henry (6.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), & Jay Pal (5.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Gamecocks are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games.

Jacksonville State might have a 7-4 record, however, I’m not reading too much into that as they have played a very easy schedule which included wins against two non-D1 schools and a 2-game sweep of the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles who are just 1-12 on the season. Tennessee State has really struggled on the road in terms of ATS, however, the Tigers have played better as of late and as I just think these teams are more evenly matched than their records indicate, I think the play here is to take Tennessee State and the points. Good Luck!

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