East Carolina Pirates vs. James Madison Dukes - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
James Madison Dukes (6-2) at East Carolina Pirates (4-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The East Carolina Pirates play host to the James Madison Dukes in Saturday evening action.
While many believe there a couple of teams that are favored to win the Colonial, I think several more are capable and one of those teams is the James Madison Dukes. The Dukes could probably use a boost in scoring but with a 6-2 record things are falling in to place nicely. JMU looks for win number three in a row after a 51-46 decision over visiting Richmond on Sunday. The Spiders hit shots at 36% and hurt themselves with a 7-25 effort on threes while the Dukes checked in at 38.6% and 1-13 from distance but took advantage 13 more shots to steal the win. Hari Hall led the offense with 12 points on 6-10 followed by Yohanny Dalembert with ten points and five pulls while Jackson Kent came through with nine points and ten rebounds.
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The East Carolina Pirates are one of several teams that have joined the AAC for 2014-15 although they are not expected to make an impact this season. Even though the Pirates average around 72 points the offense has been a bit erratic. Having said that I don't know if erratic accurately describes their 108-64 loss at North Carolina on Sunday as the Tar Heels led by 19 heading in to the break and kept their foot on the gas for the full 40 minutes. UNC fired away at 60% from the field and had 25 more rebounds to easily subdue the 33% shooting Pirates who were only 4-25 from long range. Terry Whisnant scored 15 points to lead ECU but was only 6-18 from the floor with a 2-12 effort on threes. BJ Tyson followed with 13 points on 2-13 with Caleb White and Lance Tejada tossing in eleven and eight points.
The Dukes are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. James Madison are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Pirates are 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game and are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. East Carolina are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and Pirates are 26-57-4 ATS in their last 87 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. James Madison is an awful ATS team even though they seemingly have an edge so tread lightly...