West Virginia vs. James Madison - 11/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
James Madison Dukes (1-0) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0)
NCAA Basketball: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Charleston Civic Center)
The Line: West Virginia -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT Sports
The James Madison Dukes will square off against the West Virginia Mountaineers this Monday night at the Charleston Civic Center in College Basketball action.
James Madison (1-0; 0-0 CAA) kicked off their 2014-15 with an 87-75 upset victory over the Richmond Spiders this past Friday. James Madison shot an impressive 50.8% from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. James Madison allowed Richmond to shoot 51.9% from the field however, held them to a 29.4% shooting from three-point range and outrebounded the Spiders by a 40-23 margin. Leading the way for the Dukes was Ron Curry who put up 19 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals in the victory. Also leading the way for James Madison was Tom Vodanovich who had 15 points and 3 boards and Shaker Brown who had 20 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. The Dukes are an experienced team who basically have everyone back on a team that was the co-regular season champs last year in the CAA. We probably can’t expect James Madison to put up 80+ points on a nightly basis as this is basically the same team that averaged 67.2 ppg (ranked 180th) last season, however, James Madison should be on the top CAA teams and certainly has enough talent to cause better teams some trouble.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers(1-0; 0-0 Big 12) outscored the Northern Kentucky Norse by a 62-32 margin in the first half and went on to get their first victory of the season with a dominating 107-61 victory. West Virginia was able to shoot 48.5% from the field however, did struggle from beyond the arc as they shot just 24.0% (6-25). The Mountaineers did control the boards as they outrebounded the Norse by a 47-26 margin and used their pressure defense to force 30 Northern Kentucky turnovers. Leading the way for West Virginia was Jevon Carter who had 24 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals. Also chipping in for the Mountaineers was Devin Williams (18 points, 15 rebounds), Jonathan Holton (14 points, 12 rebounds), and Daxter Miles Jr. (19 points, 3 assists, 4 steals). Outside of leading scorer Juwan Staten (14.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.6 apg) and Gary Browne (7.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg), West Virginia returns basically everyone from a solid team that reached the Sweet 16 last season. We should expect to see Head Coach Bob Huggins to continue to utilize their pressure defense to force turnovers however, West Virginia was need to improve on their 40.8% shooting percentage that ranked 287th in the nation last season.
The Dukes are 8-3-1 in their last 12 neutral site games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mountaineers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the CAA and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
James Madison got a huge victory to kick off their season against Richmond however, West Virginia will be a much tougher challenge for the Dukes. The key against West Virginia is to protect the ball as if you don’t allow the Mountaineers to get easy baskets off turnovers, they can struggle generating offense in their half-court sets. I think James Madison is a very solid team however, West Virginia is going to be one of the better teams in the Big 12 and should be able to pull away from the Dukes in the 2nd half. Take West Virginia to cover.