James Madison vs. UNC Wilmington - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (14-5) at James Madison Dukes (16-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm (JMU Center)
The Line: James Madison Dukes -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will travel to the JMU Convocation Center this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks won their 5th straight game and improved to 14-5 (6-2 CAA) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons, 77-71, this past Sunday. UNC Wilmington went down by a 37-32 margin at halftime however, was able to take the lead quickly in the 2nd half and hold on late after taking a 72-66 lead with about two minutes left to play. UNC Wilmington shot 45.2% from the field and an impressive 58.3% (7-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Seahawks allowed the Dragons to shoot 44.2% from the field and outrebounded Drexel by a 43-29 margin. Leading the way for UNC Wilmington was Chris Flemmings who had 21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Seahawks have been led by Chris Flemmings (16.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), Denzel Ingram (12.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg), and Craig Ponder (11.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, UNC Wilmington is averaging 83.1 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Seahawks average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 72.7 ppg on 42.1% shooting. The Seahawks average 8.4 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 4.9.
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The James Madison Dukes won their 5th straight game and improved to 16-2 (6-2 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 82-64, this past Saturday. James Madison used a 17-6 run to kick off the 2nd half to gain a 10-point lead and never really allowed the Phoenix back in the game. James Madison shot 48.3% from the floor and won the turnover battle by a 12-6 margin. The Dukes held the Phoenix to 41.7% shooting from the floor and 33.3% (10-30) shooting form beyond the arc. Leading the way for James Madison was Ron Curry who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Ron Curry (15.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Shakir Brown (12.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Yohanny Dalembert (8.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, James Madison is averaging 76.1 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 9.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.08. Defensively, James Madison is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 39.7% shooting. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Seahawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Dukes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
UNC Wilmington has been one of the higher scoring offensives in the country and has done an outstanding job creating turnovers as they ranked 7th in the country in turnover margin. James Madison had a rough start to CAA play, but has lately looked like team many expected to see this season as the Dukes and has been outstanding on the defensive end holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg during their 5-game win streak. I’m not completely sold on the Seahawks as of yet as five of their six wins in CAA play this season have come against teams with a combined conference record of 4-19 and as the experienced guards of James Madison should be able to limit their turnovers in this one, I think the Dukes will cover this spread at home. Take James Madison to cover.