Gamecocks open as college hoops underdog vs Braves

Jacksonville State Gamecocks Bradley Braves
17-11 November 08, 2013, 08:00 | Carver Arena 18-17



Carver Arena will host Bradley Braves vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Braves bring a 18-17 record (15-16-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 17-11 Gamecocks, who are 11-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Bradley go 17-12 so far and the Gamecocks go 14-3-1.

View Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs Bradley Braves Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Braves installed as -11-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game matches up the No. 215 (Braves) and the No. 192 (Gamecocks) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

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Jacksonville State was a 78-71 loser in its last match on the road against Belmont. They covered the 15.5-point spread as underdogs. Tarvin Gaines scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Gamecocks to a win (they lost 78-71 to Belmont at Curb Event Center on Saturday).

Bradley lost its last outing, a 90-77 result against Northern Iowa on March 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point underdog. The Braves endured a 90-77 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Tuesday, despite a 19-point effort from Walt Lemon Jr. at McLeod Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Bradley has the nation's No. 125-rated offensive output, at 67.74 PPG. The visiting Gamecocks defense ranks No. 99 allowing on average 64.89 PPG. The Braves FG% has averaged 43.67% so far, less than the Gamecocks marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.45% per game.

A few Gamecocks at Braves trends to consider:
Jacksonville State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Jacksonville State's last 6 games
Jacksonville State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Jacksonville State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Bradley is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Bradley is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Bradley's last 6 games
Bradley is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home


Next up:
Jacksonville State at Illinois, Sunday, November 10th
Bradley at Alabama State, Sunday, November 10th
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