Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs. Louisville Cardinals, NCAA March Madness Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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20-14 March 17, 2:45 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse 24-8
Jacksonville St. vs Louisville, Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:45 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: 2:45 p.m. ET, CBS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
825 –Jacksonville State Gamecocks +18 -113 +1350 Ov 133 -110
826 –Louisville Cardinals -18 -107 -2500 Un 133 -110

The fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be treated to a game between the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the Louisville Cardinals when they take their seats on Friday.

ABOUT JACKSONVILLE STATE (20-14): Junior guard Malcolm Drumwright was named MVP of the OVC tournament after averaging 16.3 points while shooting 51.4 percent. He leads the way in a balanced attack that features four double-digit scorers and a fifth contributor – sophomore forward Christian Cunningham (8.4 points) – who leads the team in rebounding (8.2) and finished third in the OVC in shooting percentage (61.5). The Gamecocks led the league in scoring defense (68.2) and held opponents to an average of 56.5 points during their current four-game winning streak.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (24-8): Junior Quentin Snyder (12.7) and sophomore Deng Adel (11.9) follow Mitchell on the team’s scoring list but the trio combines to shoot just 40.7 percent, relying plenty on a perimeter game that produced nearly 75 percent of the team’s 3-pointers. Senior forward Mangok Mathiang averaged 13 points and 8.3 rebounds over the last three games and junior 7-footer Anas Mahmoud made all three of his attempts in the loss to Duke and is 17-for-24 over a seven-game stretch. Coach Rick Pitino is seeking his third national crown in his 21st appearance in the tournament and needs one win to tie Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (54) for fourth on the event’s all-time list.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 18-point favorites versus the Gamecocks, while the game’s total is sitting at 133.

A year after a self-imposed postseason ban, Louisville returns to the NCAA Tournament with a first-round matchup against Jacksonville State on Friday in Indianapolis. The Cardinals earned the second seed in the Midwest Region, finishing in a tie for second in the ultra-competitive ACC before being knocked out by Duke in the quarterfinals of the conference tourney.

Led by sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell, who paced the team in scoring (15.7) and topped the ACC in steals (2.1), Louisville secured several wins over tournament teams from the conference and also knocked off Kentucky, Purdue and Wichita State in a challenging non-conference slate. The 15th-seeded Gamecocks of the Ohio Valley Conference earned the fourth seed in the league tourney after a 9-7 regular season before pulling off back-to-back upsets in a run to the title. It is the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the program and it comes in coach Ray Harper’s first season at the helm. Louisville could face a dangerous Michigan squad – which just rolled to the Big Ten tournament crown – in the second round in what would be a rematch of the 2013 national championship.

In their last action, Louisville was a 81-77 loser at home against Blue Devils. They failed to cover the -1.5-point spread as favorites.

Jacksonville State was a 66-55 winner in its last match on the road against Skyhawks. They covered the -2.5-point spread as favorites.

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Jacksonville State:
Team record: 20-14 SU,17-12 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Jacksonville State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Jacksonville State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Jacksonville State’s last 5 games

Team record: 24-8 SU,18-12 ATS
Louisville is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Louisville is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Louisville’s last 10 games


1. Snyder had three double-digit games as a freshman in Louisville’s 2015 run to the Elite Eight.

2. Gamecocks senior G Erik Durham has scored at least 15 points in three of his last four games and is second in the OVC in 3-point percentage (48.4).

3. The Cardinals coasted to an 88-39 win in the only prior meeting on Nov. 17, 2014.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Louisville Cardinals will cover the spread at -18 and the game will stay under 133 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Louisville 76, Jacksonville State 56 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

69.7 PTS FOR 77.5
67.6 PTS AGNST 65.8
2.1 DIFF. 11.7
25.6 DEF REBOUNDS 26.4
10.3 OFF REBOUNDS 13.3
45.7 FG% 45.6
71.2 FT% 68.5
7.3 3 POINTERS 7.1
4.6 STEALS 6.8
No trends to report
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Louisville’s last 10 games
Louisville is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Louisville is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Jacksonville State’s Overall Scoring vs Louisville’s Overall Defense 69.7 259 65.8 42
Jacksonville State’s Away Scoring vs Louisville’s Home Defense 70.5 166 64.4 57
Jacksonville State’s Road Rebounds vs Louisville’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.1 148 32.6 95
Louisville’s Overall Scoring vs Jacksonville State’s Overall Defense 77.5 79 67.7 64
Louisville’s Home Scoring vs Jacksonville State’s Road Defense 80.0 92 70.7 77
Louisville’s Home Rebounds vs Jacksonville State’s Road Rebounds Allowed 41.5 14 32.0 26

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