The Citadel vs. James Madison - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
James Madison Dukes (3-6) at The Citadel Bulldogs (3-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm (McAlister Field House)
The Line: The Citadel Bulldogs +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Out at McAllister Field House on Tuesday, the James Madison Dukes will be matching up with the Citadel Bulldogs in college basketball action.
James Madison comes into this one at 3-6 on the year. The Dukes are 2-2 in their last four, with a pair of losses sandwiched between wins over Appalachian State and Charlotte. In that 49ers game, the Dukes’ leading scorer was Stuckey Mosley with 25 points.
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So far this year, Mosley leads the Dukes in scoring with 19.6 PPG and 4.0 RPG, and Joey McLean is second on 14.3 PPG. The only other James Madison player in double-digits so far is Matt Lewis (10.6 PPG), but Develle Phillips is close with 9.3 PPG and 7.1 RPG.
Over on the Citadel side, they’re sitting at 3-5 overall. The Bulldogs have lost three straight to Florida State, Marist and UMBC. In that UMBC game, the Citadel’s top scorer was Kaelon Harris, with 16 points off the bench.
The Bulldogs’ top player in scoring this season is Preston Parks, with 13.8 PPG, and Tariq Simmons is close on 13.1 PPG. Matt Frierson is the only other Citadel player in double-digits with 11.8 PPG, but Harris is near that threshold on 9.4 PPG.
James Madison is 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Dukes are also 2-18-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss. The Citadel is also 0-4 ATS in their last four non-conference games and the over is 5-1 in their last six non-conference games.
In James Madison’s last two losses, they hung in there for the most part, losing by a combined six points. As for the Citadel, they’ve been scoring pretty well but have also been giving up a ton of points—a whopping 311 in their last three games. Considering that, I think James Madison can bang out a cover here.