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Belmont Bruins visit Jacksonville State Gamecocks in college basketball clash

Belmont BruinsJacksonville State Gamecocks
22-8March 01, 2014, 05:30 | Pete Mathews Coliseum10-20

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will try to cover the spread at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Saturday when they get a visit from the Belmont Bruins in NCAA basketball action.

The Gamecocks bring a 10-20 record (9-15 ATS) to this tilt against the 22-8 Bruins, who are 12-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Jacksonville State go 7-16-1 so far and the Bruins go 12-14.

View Belmont Bruins vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Gamecocks in this one found them listed as 8.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Bruins was expected to move the line.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gamecocks at No. 215 and the Bruins at No. 45 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Belmont, they were a 94-75 winner as they battled SIU Edwardsville on the road. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. The Bruins got a terrific 25-point effort from J.J. Mann as Belmont defeated SIU Edwardsville 94-75 on Wednesday at Vadalabene Center.

In their last action, Jacksonville State was a 69-57 loser on the road against Tennessee Tech. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Brian Williams scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Gamecocks to a win (they lost 69-57 to Tennessee Tech at Eblen Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bruins is ranked No. 244 in NCAA hoops at 30.9 per game. Contrast that with Jacksonville State’s No. 246 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Jacksonville State is the No. 166-ranked team in the country at 5.67 per game, while Belmont rates No. 7 at 8.9 per game.

A few Bruins at Gamecocks trends to consider:
Belmont is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Belmont's last 6 games
Belmont is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Belmont is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Jacksonville State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Jacksonville State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Jacksonville State's last 16 games
Jacksonville State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home