East Carolina vs James Madison College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/19/20

East Carolina vs James Madison College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/19/20 Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

James Madison Dukes (2-1) at East Carolina Pirates (5-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates -9.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The James Madison Dukes and the East Carolina Pirates meet in college basketball action from Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The James Madison Dukes will look to build on their 2-1 start to the year after a 67-59 win over Radford last time out. Vado Morse led the Dukes with 26 points on 8 of 19 shooting with 5 threes while Matt Lewis added 17 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double and Julien Wooden chipped in 13 points with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for JMU in the win. Lewis leads the Dukes in scoring and rebounding with an average of 19.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while Terell Strickland leads the Dukes in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, James Madison is averaging 76.3 points on 42.4% shooting from the field, 32.3% from 3-point range and 73.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.7 points on 42.4% shooting from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range this season.

The East Carolina Pirates will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season after a 70-55 loss to SMU last time out. Jayden Gardner led the Pirates with 13 points on 5 of 14 shooting while Bitumba Baruti added 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting with 3 threes as the only other East Carolina player to score in double figures in the defeat. Tremont Robinson-white also added 7 points with a team-high 4 assists and a pair of steals in the loss. Jayden Gardner leads the Pirates in scoring and rebounding with an average of 19 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Tristen Newton leads the Pirates in assists with 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, East Carolina is averaging 72.7 points on 44.4% shooting from the field, 38% from 3-point range and 74.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64 points on 41.3% shooting from the field and 28.8% from 3-point range this season.

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James Madison is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games following a win. The over is 9-2-1 in East Carolina’s last 12 Saturday games and 10-4-1 in their last 15 games following a loss.                                                       

These isn’t a whole lot separating these two teams if we’re getting down to it, both can score and both have defensive issues and have a star leading the squad that’s a conference player of the year contender. With that said. James Madison hasn’t played in around three weeks, so I’m expecting a fair share of rust for this game against an East Carolina team that’s been in rhythm with consistent gameplay over the last few weeks. I’ll lay the points with East Carolina in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick East Carolina -9.5

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