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NCAA hoops odds preview - SIU Edwardsville vs. Jacksonville State

SIU Edwardsville CougarsJacksonville State Gamecocks
4-11January 09, 2014, 08:00 | Pete Mathews Coliseum7-11

SIU Edwardsville travels to Jacksonville State on Thursday, hoping to boost its 4-11 record with a victory over the Gamecocks.

Jacksonville State battles the Cougars, currently sitting with a 4-11 mark (5-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-8-1 for the Gamecocks and 6-5 for the Cougars.

View SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Cougars were listed as 8-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 312-ranked Gamecocks and the No. 260-rated Cougars in this matchup.

In their last action, SIU Edwardsville was an 85-79 winner at home against Eastern Kentucky. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs. SIU Edwardsville earned an 85-79 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, getting 15 points from Donivine Stewart at Vadalabene Center.

Jacksonville State lost its last outing, a 70-65 result against Tennessee State on January 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point underdog. Jacksonville State got 19 points from Brian Williams but lost anyway, 70-65, to Tennessee State on Saturday at Gentry Complex.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Jacksonville State's No. 219-ranked offense, averaging 67.61 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 247 at 79.73 PPG. The Gamecocks field goal percentage has averaged 43.27% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.61% per game.

Next up:
SIU Edwardsville at Tennessee Tech, Saturday, January 11th
Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois, Saturday, January 11th