Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Overall: 20-14, Conf: 9-7)
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The Gamecocks punched their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as a No. 4 seed. They’re headlined by a trio of capable guards in Malcolm Drumwright, Greg Tucker and Erik Durham, who are all each averaging no less than 11 points per contest this season.
Meanwhile, the defense continues to quell opposing offenses. Jacksonville State, which ranks 63rd nationally in scoring defense, has held its previous three opponents below 60 points, including a 66-55 win in the conference championship. This team is priced at +100,000 to win the national title.
Even though the Gamecocks currently have four double-digit scorers this season, their offense simply hasn’t produced enough. They’re putting up just 69.7 points collectively, making them very vulnerable in any game.
Team Statistics (from teamrankings.com)
|Points Per Game||74.5||#130|
|Rebounds Per Game||31.1||#334|
|Blocks Per Game||1.5||#351|
|Free Throw Percentage||72.2||#108|
Jacksonville (+100,000) State loses in the opening round.
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