Richmond vs. James Madison - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
James Madison Dukes (0-0) vs. Richmond Spiders (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Robins Center)
The Line: Richmond -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The James Madison Dukes will travel to the Robins Center to take on the Richmond Spiders this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The James Madison Dukes had a solid season in which they finished as regular season co-champions with a 19-14 (12-6 CAA) record. Offensively, James Madison averaged 67.2 ppg (ranked 184th) on 45.1% shooting (ranked 91st). The Dukes shot an impressive 37.2% from beyond the arc (ranked 65th) but struggled on the boards, averaging 32.4 rpg (ranked 272nd). Defensively, James Madison allowed their opponents to average 68.3 ppg (ranked 231st) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 197th). James Madison basically returns everybody outside Andre Nation who averaged 9.0 ppg and 2.5 rpg. The Dukes will be led by Ron Curry who averaged 13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 4.3 apg last season. Supporting Curry will be Yohanny Dalembert (11.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Jackson Kent (10.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Winston Grays (7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg). James Madison is certainly one of the better teams in the CAA this season however, it will still be a challenge for the Dukes to win the conference with Hofstra, William & Mary, and Northeastern all looking like strong teams this season.
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The Richmond Spiders fell just short in making the NCAA Tournament last year after finishing the season with a 21-14 (12-6 A-10) record. The Spiders made some noise in the NIT tournament before losing in the quarterfinals to Miami 63-61. Offensively, Richmond averaged 66.1 ppg (ranked 209th) on 45.8% shooting (ranked 67th). Defensively, Richmond allowed opponents to average 61.2 ppg (ranked 46th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 103rd). The Spiders were one of the best in the nation defending the three-pointer holding teams to just 30.3% (ranked 18th) shooting from beyond the arc. Richmond will be looking to replace their top scorer and leader in Kendall Anthony who averaged 16.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, and 2.5 apg. The good news for coach Chris Mooney is that outside of Anthony the majority of his team is returning which includes Terry Allen (13.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 spg), Trey Davis (4.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), T.J. Cline (11.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and ShawnDre’ Jones (10.3 ppg, 2.6 apg). The Spiders will also look to get contributions from Marshall Wood (formerly of Virginia Tech) and incoming Freshman Jesse Pistokache. Richmond has an experienced team that knows how to get it done on the defensive end and should be competitive in the A-10 this year.
The Dukes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the A-10. The Spiders are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall however, just 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. the CAA.
Richmond had a tough game against James Madison last year on the road which they won 51-46 and I expect that this will be another low scoring defensive game. Although Richmond is at home I’ll be interested to see how this team looks without their former leader Kendall Anthony no longer there. James Madison has two of the better players in the CAA in Ron Curry and Yohanny Dalembert and I think they’ll be able help keep this a close game within the spread. Take James Madison and the points.