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Belmont Bruins face Jacksonville State Gamecocks: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Belmont BruinsJacksonville State Gamecocks
Jan 3, 8:00 PM | Pete Mathews Coliseum

Belmont Bruins vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Belmont Bruins pay a visit to Pete Mathews Coliseum on the college basketball betting menu.

Jacksonville State will face the 9-4 Bruins, who own a 4-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Gamecocks are 2-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bruins are 3-4 favoring the OVER.

View Belmont vs Jacksonville State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Gamecocks as 7.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Gamecocks rated this week at No. 185 and the Bruins sitting at No. 11. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 76-71 result in favor of the Bruins.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Jacksonville State has the nation's No. 239-rated offensive output, at 64.8 PPG. The visiting Bruins defense ranks No. 101 allowing on average 62.6 PPG. The Gamecocks FG% has averaged 42.2% so far, less than the Bruins marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.

Defensively, Belmont features the nation's No. 169-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.4 points per game. Jacksonville State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 123 nationally in scoring at home.

Belmont was a 66-63 loser in its last match on the road against Central Florida. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Belmont suffered a 66-63 loss against Central Florida on Saturday, getting 21 points from Ian Clark in a losing effort at UCF Arena.

In their last action, Jacksonville State was a 64-54 winner on the road against Tennessee-Martin. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Gamecocks grabbed a 64-54 win over the Skyhawks on Monday, behind a 23-point effort from Tarvin Gaines at Skyhawk Arena.

Belmont Bruins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
After playing Central Florida are 4-4
After a loss are 8-2

Jacksonville State Gamecocks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Tennessee State are 4-6
After playing Tennessee-Martin are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

A few Bruins at Gamecocks trends to consider:
Belmont is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Belmont is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Belmont is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Jacksonville State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Jacksonville State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Belmont at Tennessee Tech, Saturday, January 5
Jacksonville State home to Tennessee State, Saturday, January 5