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Gamecocks open as college hoops underdog vs Bruins

Jacksonville State GamecocksBelmont Bruins
7-9January 02, 2014, 08:00 | Curb Event Center8-6

The visiting Jacksonville State Gamecocks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Curb Event Center against the Belmont Bruins.

The Bruins currently sports a 8-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-7 ATS. The Gamecocks are 7-9 and 4-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bruins produce a 6-3 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Gamecocks have gone 3-7 against the number.

View Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs Belmont Bruins Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Belmont Bruins as -15-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Bruins - Gamecocks odds would favor the Bruins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Belmont is rated No. 207 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Jacksonville State is at No. 297.

Jacksonville State was a 70-65 winner in its last match at home against Tennessee-Martin. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Gamecocks grabbed a 70-65 win over the Skyhawks on Monday, behind a 22-point effort from Darion Rackley at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Last time out for Belmont, they were an 85-73 loser as they battled Indiana State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Belmont got 18 points from Craig Bradshaw but lost anyway, 85-73, to Indiana State on Saturday at Hulman Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Belmont's No. 42-ranked scoring average of 79.57 PPG, against a Gamecocks defense rated No. 169 and allowing 71.25 PPG. The Bruins FG% has averaged 48.91% to date this season, more than the Gamecocks shooters have managed so far (43.02% per game).

A few Gamecocks at Bruins trends to consider:
Jacksonville State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Jacksonville State is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Jacksonville State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Belmont
Belmont is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Belmont is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
Belmont is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Belmont is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Jacksonville State at Tennessee State, Saturday, January 4th
Belmont at Tennessee Tech, Saturday, January 4th