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Gamecocks open as college hoops underdog vs Braves

Jacksonville State GamecocksBradley Braves
17-11November 08, 2013, 08:00 | Carver Arena18-17

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.

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