Georgia Southern Eagles (11-7) vs. James Madison Dukes (11-6)
January 14, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: James Madison Dukes -9.5 / Georgia Southern Eagles +9.5; Over/Under: +137
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The Georgia Southern Eagles and the James Madison Dukes meet in college basketball action from the Atlantic Union Bank Center on Saturday night.
The Georgia Southern Eagles will try to build on a 67-65 win over Appalachian State last time out. Andrei Savrasov leads the Eagles in scoring with 13.4 PPG along with 6.8 RPG while Jalen Finch has 10.6 PPG with 3.6 RPG and a team-high 3.7 APG to lead the Eagles in assists and to finish off the pair of double-digit scorers for Georgia Southern this season. Carlos Curry also has 8 PPG and a team-high 7.3 RPG to lead the Eagles on the boards this season. As a team, Georgia Southern is averaging 69.1 PPG on 45% shooting from the field, 28.6% from three and 65.9% from the foul line this season.
The James Madison Dukes will try to snap a three-game losing skid after a 63-62 loss to South Alabama last time out. Vado Morse leads JMU in scoring with 12.1 PPG with a team-high 2.3 APG while Takai Molson has 10.9 PPG with 4.5 RPG this season. Terrence Edwards has 11.6 PPG with 4.1 and Mezie Offurum has 10.1 PPG and 5.3 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for JMU so far this season. As a team, James Madison is averaging 85.1 PPG on 48.7% shooting from the field, 35.3% from three and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
Georgia Southern is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. James Madison is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 gmaes against a team with a winning record and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
I get the case to be made for JMU here, but the problem for the Dukes is the electric offense that was lighting up the scoreboard early and often this season appears to have left the building and it’s been a struggle for the Dukes to say the least as of late. Georgia Southern’s no world-beater, but they’re a solid group that deserves a little more respect than this. Give me the Eagles and the points here.