Elon vs. James Madison - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Elon vs. James Madison - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

James Madison Dukes (9-20) at Elon Phoenix (11-20)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Entertainment & Sports Arena)

The Line: Elon Phoenix -2 -- Over/Under: 152

TV: FLOSPORTS

The James Madison Dukes and the Elon Phoenix meet in college basketball action from Entertainment and Sports Arena on Saturday. 

Coming into this CAA Tournament matchup, James Madison sits at 9-20 on the year. JMU has lost their last seven straight games to Drexel, Delaware, Towson, Elon, W&M, Northeastern and Hofstra in succession. 

In the loss to Hofstra, James Madison’s Matt Lewis put up 22 points with seven rebounds and five assists, and Deshon Parker had 18 points, three rebounds and three assists. Michael Christmas added 16 points with six boards there as well. 

Over on the Elon side, they’re 11-20 on the year. Elon took consecutive wins over Drexel and James Madison, but since then they’ve lost consecutive games to Towson and William & Mary. 

In the loss to William & Mary, Elon’s Marcus Sheffield led the team on 27 points, four rebounds and three assists. Hunter McIntosh was the only other Elon player in double-figures there, finishing with 22 points, four assists and seven boards. 

Elon is 7-1 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight overall. Elon is 7-21 ATS in their last 28 neutral-site games and the over is 4-1 in their last five neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, James Madison is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS loss. James Madison is 7-20 ATS in their last 27 overall and the over is 7-3 in their last 10 neutral site games. 

Well, if there are any positives to this seven-game losing streak for James Madison, they’ve been close in a couple of games (Delaware and William & Mary), and more often than not they’ve scored reasonably well. Still, it’s clear JMU isn’t ready to compete this season. 

As for Elon, they’ve given up 170 combined points over the last two games, but they did hold James Madison to 62 in an eight-point road victory the last time these teams met up. I’d like to take a chance on JMU here, but I think Elon is probably still the safer pick on the cover. 

Andrew’s Pick Elon Phoenix -2

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.