James Madison Dukes (5-1) vs. Murray State Racers (4-1)
November 24, 2021 2:30 pm EDT
The Line: Murray State Racers +4 / James Madison Dukes -4; Over/Under: -138.5
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The James Madison Dukes and the Murray State Racers meet in college basketball action from Moe Kent Family Field House on Wednesday.
The James Madison Dukes come into this game looking to add to a 78-76 win over Wright State last time out. Vado Morse leads the Dukes in scoring with 12 PPG as well as in assists with 3.4 APG while Julien Wooden has 10.2 PPG with 5.2 RPG and Jalen Hodge and Charles Falden each have 10 PPG as well for the Dukes this season. As a team, James Madison’s averaging 81 PPg on 46.3% shooting from the field, 30.5% from three and 73.3% from the foul line while allowing 64.2 PPG on 40.6% shooting from the field and 28.6% from three this season.
The Murray State Racers will try to build on their 80-43 beatdown win over Long Beach State last time out. Tevin Brown has a team-high 20.2 PPG with 5.5 RPG and 3.3 APG while KJ Williams has 18.3 PPG with a team-high 7 RPG. Justice Hill has 10.8 PPG with a team-high 4.2 APG and Trae Hannibal has 10 PPG with a 5.5 RPG as well this season to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Racers up to this point in the season. As a team, Murray State is averaging 80.4 PPG on 50.8% shooting from the field, 36.3% from three and 60% from the foul line while allowing 62 PPG on 42% shooting from the field and 31.7% from three this season.
James Madison is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Murray State is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a win by 20 or more points and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
This is an interesting matchup between a pair of teams that I have a feeling we are going to be backing a fair bit this season and making a lot of money doing so. With that said, I just feel like this is a game that’s going to end up being a lot closer than the line suggests and it’s a low line to begin with. I think this is one that comes down to the final shot, so give me Murray State and the points here.