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James Madison vs. Towson - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Towson Tigers (7-6) at James Madison Dukes (7-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm (JMU Center)

The Line: James Madison Dukes -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Towson Tigers and James Madison Dukes square off Saturday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Towson Tigers look to snap a five-game skid and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Towson is averaging 64.1 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 66.9 points on 41 percent shooting. Four McGlynn is averaging 14.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while John Davis is averaging 10.3 points and 8.6 rebounds. Timajh Parker-Rivera is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Alex Gavrilovic is shooting 40.5 percent from the field. The Towson Tigers rely on their length to remain competitive as they’re averaging more than 41 rebounds. Offensively, Towson is shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 34 percent from deep while the defense is forcing less than 10 turnovers and allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep. Towson is 3-4 SU on the road this season.

James Madison vs. Towson - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The James Madison Dukes have lost five of their last eight games and play for the first time since Monday. On the season, James Madison is averaging 65.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Jackson Kent is averaging 11.7 points and 4.2 rebounds while Yohanny Dalembert is averaging 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Ron Curry is producing 4.6 assists and Winston Grays is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. The James Madison Dukes have seven players averaging at least 5.9 points while they’re shooting 72 percent from the line and 32 percent from deep. Defensively, James Madison is forcing 12.8 turnovers per game and has allowed 74 or more points in three straight games. James Madison is 6-4 SU at home this season.

The Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Colonial Athletic Association and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Dukes are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games and 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Tigers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

With both teams struggling to get in the win column, the only logical pick here is the home team. It's really the only advantage a team has heading into this matchup. 

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James Madison Dukes -3.5

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