Jacksonville State at Belmont: 3/5/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Jacksonville State at Belmont: 3/5/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Belmont Bruins (25-3) vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks (18-8)

Game Info: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Ford Center)

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Belmont Bruins will square off at the Ford Center in the Semifinals of the OVC Championship this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks finished their regular season with an overall record of 17-8 and earned the 4-seed in the OVC Championship with a conference record of 13-6. Jacksonville State was able to advance to the Semifinals after defeating the 5-seed Murray State Racers by a 68-65 (OT) margin on Thursday night. Jacksonville State fought back from a 52-46 margin with just 4:27 left in regulation to force OT and secured the victory after closing out the final 2:08 of OT on a 5-0 run. Jacksonville State shot 39.0% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc while Murray State shot 40.6% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Darian Adams who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 74.5 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Darian Adams (15.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Jalen Finch (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Brandon Huffman (10.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg), & Kayne Henry (7.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.0 apg).

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Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of -1.9.

The Belmont Bruins finished their regular season with an overall record of 24-3 and earned the 1-seed in the OVC Championship with a conference record of 18-2. Belmont advanced to the Semifinals of the OVC Championship after defeating the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, 78-61, on Thursday night. Belmont was not their sharpest on the offensive end, however, the Belmont still had no trouble securing the victory over SIU Edwardsville after taking a 50-33 lead early in the 2nd half. Belmont lost the turnover battle by a 15-14 margin, however, did outrebounded SIU Edwardsville by a 43-25 margin. Leading the way for the Bruins was Jacobi Wood who had 19 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.

On the season, Belmont is averaging 82.0 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Belmont has been led by Nick Muszynski (14.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 bpg), Luke Smith (12.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg), Ben Sheppard (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), & Grayson Murphy (10.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 5.4 apg, 2.2 spg).

Defensively, Belmont is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Bruins have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Gamecocks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Bruins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Belmont is the team to beat in the OVC, however, the Bruins have not looked overly strong as of late and although they defeated Jacksonville State in both contests this season, both were close games in which the Bruins won those games by just a combined 11 points. Jacksonville State has a ton of momentum coming into this game as the Gamecocks have won 8 of their last 9 games and as Jacksonville State is solid on both ends of the court, ranking 99th in scoring offense & 123rd in scoring defense, I think this is just too many points to pass up on. Take Jacksonville State and the points.

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