James Madison vs. William & Mary - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
William & Mary Tribe (19-9) at James Madison Dukes (20-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm (JMU Center)
The Line: James Madison Dukes -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The William & Mary Tribe will travel to the JMU Convocation Center to take on the James Madison Dukes this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The William & Mary Tribe improved to 19-9 (11-6 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 75-65, this past Thursday. William & Mary was down by a 39-32 margin at halftime but was able fight back early in the 2nd half and held the Phoenix scoreless over the last four minutes of the game to pull away for the victory. William & Mary shot 48.1% from the field and outrebounded Elon by a 40-31 margin. The Tribe held the Phoenix to 40.7% shooting from the field and 32.4% (11-34) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for William & Mary was Omar Prewitt who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Tribe have been led by Omar Prewitt (18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), Daniel Dixson (13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Terry Tarpey (11.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, William & Mary is averaging 77.6 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field and 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tribe average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.54. Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
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The James Madison Duke dropped to 20-10 (10-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Towson Tigers, 69-67, this past Thursday. James Madison was down by a 61-52 margin with just 1:31 left to play and although they made a charge at the end, the Dukes weren’t able to get the come from behind win. James Madison shot 49.0% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc. The Dukes allowed the Tigers to 40.4% shooting from the field and 33.3% (8-24) from three-point range. Leading the way for James Madison was Ron Curry who had 20 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Rob Curry (17.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Shakir Brown (11.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Yohanny Dalembert (9.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Offensively, James Madison is averaging 75.7 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field and 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 8.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.08. Defensively, James Madison is holding their opponents to 68.4 ppg on 39.3% shooting. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Tribe are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Dukes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
William & Mary was able to get a nice bounce back win after a shocking loss at home to Drexel and continues to be one of the best shooting teams in the country as they rank 20th in FG% and 48th in 3P FG%. James Madison has lost 3 of their last 4 games and have struggled a bit on the offensive end as the Dukes have averaged just 72.0 ppg over their past five games. William & Mary is just 7-6 on the road this season and although they can shoot light out at times, James Madison is a solid defensive team that should contain the Tribe on their home court and i'm going to take James Madison to cover in Ron Curry's last game at home.