Jacksonville State at Auburn: 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Jacksonville State at Auburn: 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn Tigers (27-5) vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks (21-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 12:40 pm (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Auburn Tigers face off on Friday in a college basketball Round of 64 showdown at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. 

Jacksonville State comes into this game with a 21-10 record overall and they have gone 17-12 against the spread. Jacksonville State didn’t win their conference tournament but were given the bid because they won the ASUN Conference regular season title. Jacksonville State has won five of their last six games with the loss coming in their last game against Jacksonville. The offense scored only 51 points and that led to the three point defeat. Darian Adams has been the top player for the Gamecocks averaging 15.6 points while shooting 41.1 percent from the field. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Auburn Tigers who sit with a 27-5 record overall but they haven’t been as dominant the last month. In the last game against Texas A&M they scored only 62 points and that led to the five point defeat. Auburn is averaging 78.7 points while their defense is giving up 67 points per game. Jabari Smith has been the top player for Auburn averaging 17.1 points while shooting 17.1 points 43.7 percent from the field and 42.8 percent from the field. This is a defense that can cause a lot of problems at times, and they are going to need the defense to be good in this game. 

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Auburn is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games overall. The under is 5-0 in the Gamecocks last five games following an against the spread loss. The under is 4-0 in Jacksonville State’s last four games played on Friday, The under is 5-0 in South Carolina’s last five neutral site games as an underdog. 

Auburn has beaten up on bad teams this season and although Jacksonville State isn’t bad, they aren’t on the same level as the Tigers. Look for Auburn’s defense to lockdown, and the lack of scoring by Jacksonville State is going to be the difference. This game is going to be a blowout and Auburn will cover the spread.

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