Jacksonville State Vs Louisville Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info
The 15th-seeded Jacksonville State Gamecocks are excited to be in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and they’d like nothing better than to pull off the huge upset over the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals.
Doing so looks like it will be a lot more difficult than actually pulling off the potential stunner. Now, let’s find out more about the updated NCAA basketball lines and see if the Gamecocks can get the upset!
In Depth Analysis On The Gamecocks Vs Cardinals Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info
When: Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:45 PM ET
Where: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
NCAAB Odds: Louisville -20 / Over/Under 134
Why Bet The Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds at +20
The 15th-seeded Gamecocks (17-12 ATS) have won four straight and won the Ohio Valley Conference crown by recording consecutive upsets including their 66-55 win over Tennessee-Martin in the championship showdown on March 4 as a 2.5-point favorite.
Jacksonville State averages a modest 69.7 points per game (259th) on 45.7 percent shooting from the field (102nd) and 37.2 percent from three-point distance (75th). The Wolverines limit the opposition to just 67.6 points per game (63rd) on 41.5 percent shooting from the field (60th) and 37.5 percent from three-point distance (304th).
The Gamecocks have four double-digit scorers on their roster and are led by junior guard Malcolm Drumwright (12.6 ppg), the MVP of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament after averaging 16.3 points while shooting 51.4 percent.
Why Bet The Louisville Cardinals Odds at -20
A year after a self-imposed postseason ban, Louisville (17-12 ATS) is back in the big dance, but the Cardinals have struggled in dropping three of their last five games including their 81-77 loss against Duke in the ACC Conference tournament semifinals.
Louisville averages a respectable 77.5 points per game (80th) on 45.6 percent shooting from the field (110th) and 35.9 percent from three-point distance (138th). The Cardinals do have an elite defense that limits the opposition to just 65.8 points per game (41st) on 39.6 percent shooting from the field (13th) and 30.9 percent from three-point distance (17th). The Cardinals have just three double-digit scorers in their roster and get a team-high 15.7 points per game from sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Louisville pounded the hell out of Jacksonville State 88-39 when they met in 2014 and I believe another emphatic spanking is in store for the Gamecocks when they meet again.
I know Jacksonville State has gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, but Louisville has posted a perfect 5-0 ATS mark in their last five non-conference games while going 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 13.0 points or more and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. With the Cardinals also going 29-14 ATS in their last 43 neutral site games, I say keep it simple and back Rick Pitino’s squad to win big and cover.
My final score prediction is Louisville 81 Jacksonville State 60