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USC Upstate vs. James Madison CIT Tournament- 3/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

James Madison Dukes (19-13) at USC Upstate Spartans (23-11)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (G.B. Hodge Center)

The Line: USC Upstate Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The South Carolina Upstate Spartans and the James Madison Dukes face off on Tuesday in a CIT opening round game.

The USC Upstate Spartans of the Atlantic Sun Conference are 23-11 this season and although they played the 345th ranked schedule they land in this game. USC Upstate is averaging 72.3 points and they are shooting 44.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.8 points and their opponents are shooting 39.5 percent. Ty Freene leads the Spartans averaging 20.2 points per game. Fred Miller is averaging 12.1 points, Michael Buchanan is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Josh Cuthbertson is averaging 7.1 points. USC Upstate is 13-4 at home and 13-4 in out of conference games.

USC Upstate vs. James Madison CIT Tournament- 3/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The James Madison Dukes of the CAA are 19-13 this season and they played the 154th ranked schedule in the nation. JMU is averaging 67 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points and their opponents are shooting 43.3 percent. Ron Curry leads the Dukes averaging 13.9 points per game. Yohanny Dalembert is averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, Jackson Kent is averaging 10.1 points, and Andre Nation is averaging 9.0 points but he is out. James Madison is 7-5 on the road and 7-6 in out of conference games.

South Carolina Upstate is 8-2-1 against the spread in their last 11 non-conference games, 5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 7-3-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. James Madison is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 road games, 6-1 against the spread following a loss, and 7-18-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

I don’t like teams who play light schedules so I give James Madison the edge especially getting the points. 

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James Madison Dukes +5.5

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