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Eastern Kentucky Colonels take on Gamecocks in NCAA basketball test

Eastern Kentucky ColonelsJacksonville State Gamecocks
17-9February 15, 2014, 05:30 | Pete Mathews Coliseum10-17

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Pete Mathews Coliseum in NCAA basketball action.

Jacksonville State will face the 17-9 Colonels, who own a 9-10-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Gamecocks are 5-15-1 on the OU so far this season while the Colonels are 8-11.

View Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Gamecocks in this one found them listed as 5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Colonels was expected to move the line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 177-ranked Gamecocks and the No. 44-rated Colonels in this matchup.

Eastern Kentucky lost its last outing, a 72-66 result against Tennessee Tech on February 13. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Eastern Kentucky got 17 points from Corey Walden but lost anyway, 72-66, to Tennessee Tech on Thursday at Eblen Center.

Jacksonville State was a 69-67 loser in their most recent outing at home against Morehead State. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Jacksonville State suffered a 69-67 loss against Morehead State on Thursday, getting 13 points from Undra Mitchem in a losing effort at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Jacksonville State's No. 230-ranked offense, averaging 65.52 PPG, against a Colonels defense that ranks No. 138 at 70.23 PPG. The Gamecocks field goal percentage has averaged 42.45% so far, less than the Colonels marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.69% per game.

A few Colonels at Gamecocks trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Eastern Kentucky is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Eastern Kentucky is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Eastern Kentucky's last 8 games on the road
Jacksonville State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Jacksonville State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Jacksonville State is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home
Jacksonville State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Kentucky

Next up:
Eastern Kentucky at Austin Peay, Saturday, February 22nd
Jacksonville State at SE Missouri State, Thursday, February 20th