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James Madison vs. Drexel - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drexel Dragons (3-14) at James Madison Dukes (14-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (JMU Center)

The Line: James Madison Dukes -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Drexel Dragons will travel to the JMU Convocation Center to take on the James Madison Dukes this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Drexel Dragons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-14 (1-5 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Towson Tigers, 69-50, this past Saturday. Drexel was only able to put up 12 points in the 1st half in this one and never really was in the game at any point in the loss. Drexel shot just 26.7% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from beyond the arc. The Dragons allowed the Tigers to shoot 51.1% from the field and was outrebounded by the Tigers by a 45-33 margin. Leading the way for Drexel was Terrell Allen who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Dragons have been led by Tavon Allen (13.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Terrell Allen (10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 spg), and Rashann London (8.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensviely, Drexel is averaging just 63.9 ppg on 38.1% shooting from the field and 31.8% shooting from three-point range. The Dragons average just 4.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 45.1% shooting. The Dragons average 3.8 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 0.8.

James Madison vs. Drexel - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The James Madison Dukes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-5 (4-2 CAA) on the season after defeating the Hofstra Pride, 86-82 in OT, this past Saturday. James Madison got a big performance from Yohanny Dalembert in OT and hit some key FT’s late in the game to knock off one of the better CAA teams on the road. James Madison shot 46.3% from the field and 35.7% (10-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Dukes held the Pride to just 36.0% shooting from the field and 22.9% (8-35) from three-point range. Leading the way for James Madison was Shakir Brown who had a double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Ron Curry (15.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Shakir Brown (12.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and Yohanny Dalembert (8.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensviely, James Madison is averaging 76.3 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 9.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06. Defensively, James Madison is holding their opponents to an average of 68.6 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Dragons are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Dukes are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. CAA opponents.

When Damion Lee decided to leave Drexel to play at Louisville, Drexel knew they might have trouble scoring the basketball but I don’t think at this point in the season they thought that they would have just 3 wins and rank 328th in scoring offensive and 337th in FG %. James Madison seems to have turned a corner after a tough start in CAA play this season as they recently have been able to pick up road wins against two of the better CAA teams in Northeastern and Hofstra. James Madison is holding their opponents to under 40.0% shooting from the field and I think between Ron Curry and Shakir Brown, the Dukes will be able to do enough offensive damage in this one to cover this large spread at home. Take James Madison to cover. 

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