James Madison at Charleston
|Date & Time||Thursday January 31, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Charleston Cougars -12 -- Over/Under: 134
The James Madison Dukes will travel to TD Arena to take on the Charleston Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The James Madison Dukes lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-13 (2-7 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Northeastern Huskies, 78-68, this past Saturday. James Madison struggled on the offensive end against the Huskies and couldn’t fight back after an 8-0 Huskies run gave Northeastern a 68-48 lead with just 5:43 left in regulation. James Madison shot just 40.0% from the field and was outrebounded by a Huskies by a 40-31 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Dukes was Stuckey Mosley who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, James Madison is averaging 72.7 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Stuckey Mosley (16.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Matt Lewis (15.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg), Darius Banks (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 spg), and Dwight Wilson (8.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg).
Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of -1.5.
The Charleston Cougars won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-6 (5-4 CAA) on the season after defeating the William & Mary Tribe, 74-59, this past Saturday. Charleston was solid on the offensive end against the below average William & Mary defense and put this game away late after closing the final 5:00 minutes of regulation on a 12-2 run. Charleston shot 50.9% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Grant Riller who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Charleston is averaging 72.7 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charleston has been led by Grant Riller (21.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Jarrell Brantley (19.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Brevin Galloway (8.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Zep Jasper (5.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Charleston is holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Dukes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cougars are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 22-54-2 ATS in their last 78 games following an ATS win.
James Madison has lost 9 of their last 11 games and has really struggled on the offensive end this season as the Dukes currently rank just 262nd in scoring offense & 248th in FG%. Charleston has won 3 of their last 5 games and currently rank 198th in scoring offense, 51st in FG%, and T-69th in scoring defense.
James Madison has looked awful on the road this season, losing their last 7 away games, and as I just don’t see the Dukes offense having much success against the Charleston defense, I think Charleston and their outstanding duo of Grant Riller & Jarrell Brantley will be able to do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!