Northern Illinois Huskies (3-1) at James Madison Dukes (4-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Athletics Center O'Rena)
The Line: James Madison Dukes +2 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies & James Madison Dukes will square off at the Athletics Center O’rena in the Men Against Breast Cancer Oakland Hoops Challenge this Saturday afternoon.
The Northern Illinois Huskies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 87-66, on Friday afternoon. Northern Illinois was outstanding on the offensive end and has no trouble after taking a 57-40 lead with 13:19 left in regulation. Northern Illinois shot 49.3% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Huskies outrebounded the Golden Eagles by a 37-26 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 19-11 margin. Leading the way for the Huskies was Eugene German who had 30 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
Coming into their game agianst Oral Roberts, Northern Illinois was averaging 83.7 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Huskies were averaging 4.7 three-pointers per game on 23.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by Dante Thorpe (18.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Levi Bradley (17.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.3 apg), Eugene German (17.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg), and Lacy James (12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Huskies had a rebound margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The James Madison Dukes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-2 on the season after being defeated by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 77-69, on Friday afternoon. James Madison trailed by a 38-31 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after the Golden Grizzlies took a 70-55 lead with 3:10 left in regulation. James Madison shot 47.5% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc, however, allowed Oakland to shoot 49.1% from the field. The Ducks outrebounded Oakland by a 36-27 margin and committed 12 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Dukes was Stuckey Mosley who had 25 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, and a steal.
Coming into their game agianst Oakland, James Madison was averaging 77.4 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Dukes were averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Darius Banks (17.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 3.2 spg), Stuckey Mosley (14.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Matt Lewis (12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Dwight Wilson (10.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg).
Defensively, James Madison was allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Dukes had a rebound margin of 9.2 and a turnover margin of -2.8.
The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Dukes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
Northern Illinois has some solid scoring options in Thorpe, Bradley, and German however, the Huskies will need to find some outside shooting as they currently rank just T-343rd in three-pointers made per game & 342nd in 3P-FG%. James Madison has been solid on both sides of the ball, led by Banks & Mosley, and although they have struggled with turnovers, they have been solid on the boards. Northern Illinois comes in with a 3-1 record, however, this is still the same team that struggled against Illinois Tech, and as I think James Madison is the more balanced team, I think they’ll be able to cover what I expect to be a small spread when it’s released. Check back when the line has been posted.
Update (10:00 AM) - James Madison is actually getting a couple points here, so I'm sticking to my initial thoughts and going with the Dukes to cover. Good Luck!