Jacksonville State is dancing baby! The Gamecocks punched their ticket for the first time in program history (!) by being an underdog turned champion in the Ohio Valley Conference and are looking to cause some upsets.
The Gamecocks have some players who rain from deep. Their top three scorers all have over 60 made threes on the season and those three average 40% from three point land. The best shooter of the three, senior guard Erik Durham is shooting a blistering 48% from long range on the season on 155 attempts- he has made 75 of them. Look for shooting to be a big factor in their win.
Jacksonville State has one of the strongest interior defenses in the nation, allowing just 44% of two-point attempts to find the bottom of the basket (26th in the country). They don’t block a lot of shots, but as a team they lock down the paint and make it harder for opponents to score in the halfcourt.
Jacksonville State has struggled to take care of the ball at times this season. They rank just 222nd in turnovers per game, and that is going up against the notably less competitive members of the Ohio Valley conference. In their loss @ Missouri State, the Gamecocks coughed the ball up 24 times. This could be a problem against a solid defensive team.
While they shoot free throws at a solid clip, 71% on the season, the Gamecocks struggle to get to the line. Because much of their offense is dedicated to the long ball, their guards rarely penetrate and get fouled on the way to the basket. Jax State ranks just 272nd in opponent fouls per game and 276th in free throws attempted per game.
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