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Delaware vs. James Madison - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
James Madison at Delaware
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bob Carpenter Center
Newark, DE
The Line
Delaware Blue Hens -5 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
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The James Madison Dukes will travel to the Bob Carpenter Center to take on the Delaware Blue Hens this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The James Madison Dukes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-9 (2-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the Towson Tigers, 74-65, this past Saturday. James Madison trailed by a 38-28 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after a 9-0 Dukes run gave James Madison a 64-55 lead with 1:53 left in regulation. James Madison shot 46.7% from the field and committed just 9 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Dukes was Darius Banks who had a double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, James Madison is averaging 70.3 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Stucky Mosley (15.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt Lewis (15.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.9 apg), Darius Banks (13.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.0 spg), and Dwight Wilson (9.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg).

Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Delaware Blue Hens has their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-7 (4-2 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Charleston Cougars, 71-58, this past Saturday. Delaware struggled defensively against Charleston and couldn’t fight back after a 6-0 Cougars run gave Charleston a 60-42 lead with 5:05 left in regulation. Delaware allowed Charleston to shoot 51.0% from the field, while the Blue Hens shot just 35.8% from the field & 18.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Hens was Ryan Allen who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.

On the season, Delaware is averaging 72.7 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Delaware has been led by Eric Carter (17.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), Ryan Allen (14.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Ithiel Horton (13.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Kevin Anderson (10.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Delaware is allowing their opponents to average 71.1 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -2.2.

The Dukes are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Blue Hens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 38-16-3 ATS in their last 57 games following a ATS loss.

James Madison was able to follow up their upset win at home against Charleston with their win over Towson, however, if they are going to be able to keep piling up the CAA wins, they’ll need to improve an offense that ranks 266th in scoring offense & 232nd in FG%. Delaware is no longer a team that can get overlooked in the CAA and have been decent on both sides of the ball this season as they rank 138th in FG%, 50th in 3P-FG%, and 148th in defensive FG%.

James Madison have picked up a couple of much needed wins in their last two games, however, this is a Dukes team that has really struggled on the road this season as they’ve lost their last 6 road games. Delaware has been money ATS this season, posting a 10-6-1 record ATS and as I expect the Dukes and their offense to struggle on the road, I’m taking Delaware to cover this mid-range spread at home.

Pick:
Delaware Blue Hens -5

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