James Madison vs. Valparaiso - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Valparaiso Crusaders (11-2) at James Madison Dukes (7-5)
College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (JMU Center)
The Line: James Madison Dukes +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Valparaiso Crusaders and James Madison Dukes meet Monday night at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Valparaiso Crusaders have won four straight games and play for the first time in eight days. On the season, Valparaiso is averaging 70 points on 45.5 percent shooting and is allowing 60.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Alec Peters is averaging 19 points and 5.6 rebounds while Darien Walker is averaging 10.1 points and four rebounds. Keith Carter is averaging 3.9 assists and Tevonn Walker is shooting 42.2 percent from the field. The Valparaiso Crusaders are a quality team on both ends, especially offense where they have seven players averaging at least five points while shooting 64.8 percent from the free throw line and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Valparaiso is forcing 13.6 turnovers and holding teams to 36.5 percent shooting from deep.
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The James Madison Dukes have lost three of their last four games and play their first game in a week. On the season, James Madison is averaging 67.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 67.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jackson Kent is averaging 12 points and 4.2 rebounds while Yohanny Dalembert is averaging 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds. Ron Curry is the third player averaging double-digit points and Andre Nation is shooting 43.1 percent from the field. The James Madison Dukes are still trying to figure themselves out, especially on the defensive end where they’ve allowed 70 or more points in six of their last nine games. Offensively, James Madison is shooting 71.4 percent from the line and 32.6 percent from beyond the arc.
The Crusaders are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 Monday games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Dukes are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
James Madison just hasnt' done much right this season and is in a serious slump defensively. The Valparaiso Crusaders are starting to find their groove and should pick up the win on the road and cover the chalk.