James Madison vs. Northeastern - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northeastern Huskies (14-13) at James Madison Dukes (19-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (JMU Center)
The Line: James Madison Dukes -8.5 -- Over/Under: 136 See the Latest Odds
The Northeastern Huskies will travel to JMU Convocation Center to take on the James Madison Dukes this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Northeastern Huskies won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 14-13 (6-8 CAA) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons, 70-60, this past Saturday. Northeastern was able to get out to a 39-24 halftime lead in this one and never let Drexel within 8-points of the lead in the 2nd half. Northeastern shot 52.4% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Huskies allowed the Dragons to shoot 52.2% from the field and outrebounded Drexel by a 28-20 margin. Leading the way for Northeastern was David Walker who had 21 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Huskies have been led by David Walker (18.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg), Quincy Ford (16.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Zach Stahl (11.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Northeastern is averaging 72.6 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field and 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 8.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 46.5% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -1.3 and average 6.6 steals per game.
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The James Madison Dukes had their three game winning streak snapped and dropped to 19-8 (9-5 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, 78-68, this past Saturday. James Madison allowed UNC Wilmington to use a 15-1 run in the 1st half to take a 42-29 halftime lead and never got within double-digits in the 2nd half. James Madison shot 45.1% from the field and 40.0% (4-10) from beyond the arc. The Dukes held the Seahawks to shoot 39.3% from the field and lost the turnover battle by an 18-10 margin. Leading the way for James Madison was Tom Vodanovich who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and a block. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Ron Curry (16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Shakir Brown (12.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Yohanny Dalembert (8.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, James Madison is averaging 75.3 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field and 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 8.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.05. Defensively, James Madison is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 39.4% shooting. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games however, just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Dukes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Northeastern has been able to pick up a couple of wins after losing six straight games and showed against Drexel how dangerous they can be when both David Walker and Quincy Ford are healthy and playing well. James Madison was the latest victim of the CAA leading UNC Wilmington Seahawks however, have been playing well as of late and is holding teams to just 66.8 ppg at home this season. Northeastern is heavily reliant on Walker and Ford and although they are a decent road team that even has a win at Miami (FL) this season, I think the Dukes are too experienced with Ron Curry leading the charge and get this win while covering the spread. Take James Madison to cover.