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UNC Wilmington vs. James Madison - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

James Madison Dukes (19-7) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (19-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Trask Coliseum)

The Line: UNC Wilmington Seahawks -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The James Madison Dukes will travel to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The James Madison Dukes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-7 (9-4 CAA) on the season after defeating the Charleston Cougars, 56-52, this past Thursday. In a tight game throughout, James Madison was able to get a 50-47 lead with under a minute left to play and got six straight points by Joey McLean to secure the win. James Madison shot 38.9% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from beyond the arc. The Dukes held the Cougars to 37.3% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 16-13 margin. Leading the way for James Madison was Ron Curry who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Ron Curry (16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), Shakir Brown (12.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and Yohanny Dalembert (8.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, James Madison is averaging 75.6 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field and 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 9.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.10. Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 67.7 ppg on 39.4% shooting. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

UNC Wilmington vs. James Madison - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks won their 10th straight game and improved to 19-5 (11-2) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 86-82, this past Thursday. UNC Wilmington had all they could handle with Elon and got some key FT’s from Jordon Talley to secure the victory. UNC Wilmington shot 431% from the field and 35.3% (6-17) from beyond the arc. The Seahawks allowed the Phoenix to shoot 52.8% from the field and outrebounded Elon by a 41-31 margin. Leading the way from UNC Wilmington was Jordon Talley who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Seahawks have been led by Chris Flemmings (16.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Denzel Ingram (12.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg), and C.J. Bryce (11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, UNC Wilmington is averaging 82.0 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Seahawks average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.24. Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Seahawks have a rebound margin of 2.4 and had a turnover margin of 4.2.

The Dukes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 17-4 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Seahawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.

This should be a great game on Saturday as both James Madison and UNC Wilmington are two of the top teams this season in the CAA. James Madison has a great player in Ron Curry and although they’ve suffered some surprising losses at home this season, has shown with their wins against Hofstra and Charleston, that they can win on the road. UNC Wilmington has been outstanding on the offensive side of the ball this season and continue to pile up CAA wins although they did have all they could handle from Elon. UNC Wilmington has been great this season, but James Madison is a talented team with experienced players and I think they’ll do enough to keep this one within the number. 

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