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Northeastern vs. James Madison - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

James Madison Dukes (4-12) at Northeastern Huskies (9-6)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Matthews Arena)

The Line: Northeastern Huskies -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsLive

The James Madison Dukes will travel to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies this Sunday afternoon

The James Madison Dukes lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 4-12 (0-3 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Hofstra Pride, 87-81 in OT, this past Friday. James Madison played Hofstra tough on the road as the game was a back and forth battle, however, the Dukes couldn’t pull out a victory after Hofstra used a 5-1 run towards the end of overtime to take an 83-78 lead with :24 seconds left in the game. James Madison shot 39.4% from the field and was outrebounded by Hofstra by a 47-32 margin. Leading the way for the Dukes was Stuckey Mosley who had 37 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 6 steals. On the season, James Madison is averaging 75.3 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Stuckey Mosley (20.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.8 spg), Joey McLean (11.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Matt Lewis (10.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Develle Phillips (8.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg). Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 77.8 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

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Northeastern vs. James Madison - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northeastern Huskies improved to 9-6 (2-1 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 72-60, this past Friday night. Northeastern was outstanding in the 1st half on both ends of the court, taking a 39-18 halftime lead, and held off a 2nd half charge by Elon to secure the victory. Northeastern shot 46.4% from the field and 36.7% (11-30) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Vasa Pusica who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Northeastern is averaging 71.9 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Vasa Pusica (16.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Shawn Occeus (10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.9 spg), Donnell Gresham Jr. (8.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Bolden Brace (7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg). Defensively, Northeastern is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Dukes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Huskies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

James Madison has had a tough season when it comes to picking up wins, however, the Dukes have been competitive on the road this season which included a single-digit loss at Florida recently. The Dukes enter this contest ranked 169th in scoring offense, 292nd in scoring defense, and 297th in defensive FG%. Northeastern has won 5 of their last 7 games and has been led by their defense that ranks T-88th in scoring defense and 103rd in steals per game. James Madison looked good in their recent matchup against Hofstra and as I like how Stuckey Mosley is scoring the basketball for the Dukes, I’m taking James Madison to continue their strong ATS trend on the road and cover with the points. Take James Madison and the points. 

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