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Towson Tigers vs. James Madison Dukes CAA Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/8/14

James Madison Dukes (11-19) at Towson Tigers (22-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Baltimore Arena)

The Line: Towson Tigers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Towson Tigers and the James Madison Dukes face off on Saturday in Baltimore in a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament battle.

The Towson Tigers won their final six games of the season and 10 of their last 11 to finish in second place in the CAA standings. Towson is 7-8 in games away from home and 13-3 in CAA including a sweep of James Madison in their two games. Jerrelle Benimon is averaging 18.9 points and 11.9 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Marcus Damas is averaging 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, Mike Burwell is averaging 10.1 points, and Four McGlynn is averaging 8.5 points. Towson is averaging 73 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 68 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Towson finished just a game out of first place in CAA.

Towson Tigers vs. James Madison Dukes CAA Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/8/14

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The James Madison Dukes lost their last two games to end the season and finished in a tie for sixth place in the CAA standings. JMU is 6-10 in CAA and 6-14 in games played away from home. Charles Cooke is averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds to lead the Dukes. Ron Curry is averaging 12.1 points, Andrey Semenov is averaging 11 points, and Taylor Bessick is averaging 6.3 points. James Madison is averaging 63 points and they are shooting 41 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.4 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. JMU lost by just three on February 26th against the Tigers.

Towson is 5-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 neutral site games. James Madison is 5-16-1 against the spread in their last 22 games, 1-8 against the spread in their last nine CAA games, and 0-5 against the spread following a loss. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two. 

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