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James Madison vs. East Carolina - 12/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina Pirates (7-4) at James Madison Dukes (8-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm (JMU Center)

The Line: James Madison Dukes -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The East Carolina Pirates will travel to the JMU Convocation Center to take on the James Madison Dukes this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The East Carolina Pirates won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-4 (0-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, 78-73, this past Wednesday. East Carolina was down by a 39-34 margin at halftime however used a 19-8 run into the 2nd half to get control of the lead and secure the win. East Carolina shot 45.5% from the field and went to the FT line an incredible 51 times, making 35 of them. The Pirates held the Seahawks to 40.6% shooting from the field and 12.0% (3-25) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for East Carolina was Caleb White who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Pirates have been led by B.J. Tyson (15.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Caleb White (12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Kentrell Barkley (11.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, East Carolina is averaging 71.1 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pirates average 5.4 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.05. Defensively, East Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg on 40.5% shooting. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

James Madison vs. East Carolina - 12/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The James Madison Dukes won their 6th straight game and improved to 8-3 (0-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the George Madison Patriots, 69-46, on December 12th. James Madison was outstanding defensively as they held George Mason to just 31.0% shooting from the field and 19.0% (4-21) shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes outrebounded the Patriots by a 41-39 margin and committed just 8 turnovers in the victory. James Madison shot 39.7% from the field and 32.0% (8-25) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for James Madison was Yohanny Dalembert who had 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Shakir Brown (14.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), Ron Curry (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Dimitrije Cabarkapa (11.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg). Offensively, James Madison is averaging 78.8 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field and 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 10.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06. Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 42.9% shooting. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Pirates are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Dukes are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall however, just 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 home games.

East Carolina is an experienced team that has made some solid improvement on the defensive end from last season. James Madison won 19 games last season and basically returned everyone from that team including one of the best players in the CAA in Ron Curry. East Carolina is an underrated team however, they’ve struggled on the road this season as they’ve lost all three of their road games (California, SDSU, College of Charleston) by an average of 12.3 points. James Madison is great from beyond the arc and as they are playing at home, I think they’ll be able to put up enough points against the Pirates to be able to cover this spread. Take James Madison to cover. 

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James Madison Dukes -7.5

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