Auburn vs Jacksonville State: 2022 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Mississippi State
Mar 2, 2022; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Auburn Tigers guard K.D. Johnson (0) reacts with forward Jabari Smith (10) after a basket against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in overtime at Humphrey Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 2 Auburn Tigers vs. No. 15 Jacksonville State Gamecocks

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 12:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
  • TV: truTV
  • Live Stream:

Tale of the Tape:

No. 2 AUB STAT No. 15 JSU
SEC Conference Atlantic Sun
27-5 Record 21-10
78.7 (26th) Points Per Game 73.9 (T-115th)
67.0 Points Allowed Per Game 66.8
0.6362 (7th) RPI 0.5073 (158th)
32nd Strength of Schedule 138th
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Auburn leaders:

Feb 23, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tigers forward Jabari Smith (10) takes a shot over Mississippi Rebels forward Jaemyn Brakefield (4) during the second half at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jabari Smith, F, FR: 17.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, 42.8% 3PT
  • Wendell Green Jr., G, SO: 12.1 points, 3.8 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.6 SPG

Jacksonville State leaders:

Dec 18, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Gamecocks guard Jalen Gibbs (22) shoots the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide guard Jaden Shackelford (5) against the first half at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
  • Darian Adams, Sr., G – 15.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 83.3% FT
  • Demaree King, G, Jr. – 10.7 PPG, 2.1 AST, 46.2% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • AUB Moneyline: -2000
  • JSU Moneyline: +1000
  • Spread: AUB -15.5
  • Over/Under: 139.5
  • ATS Record: AUB 19-13, JSU 17-12
  • Over/Under Record: AUB 18-14, JSU 14-15

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • The Tigers were likely headed for a number one seed in the tournament before falling to Texas A&M in the SEC tournament. This is an incredibly well-rounded team that ranks 10th in KenPom thanks to a 24th-ranked offense and 8th-ranked defense.
  • The Tigers also play at the 40th-fastest adjusted tempo in the league, which is not at all how the Gamecocks like to play (276th in pace). The Gamecocks are going to need to slow the game down considerably to have any chance here, but it’s hard for a team stepping up in competition this much to also dictate the style of play.
  • This game might be all about watching Jabari Smith, who is seemingly now the favorite to the best first pick in the draft. We also didn’t even talk about his teammate Walker Kessler, who is another project first-round pick and large human. The Gamecocks just don’t seem to have the size and athleticism to hang here.

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