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James Madison vs. Towson - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Towson at James Madison
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
North Charleston Coliseum
North Charleston, SC
The Line
James Madison Dukes -1 -- O/U: 133.5
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The Towson Tigers and the James Madison Dukes meet in a Colonial Athletic Association tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Towson Tigers enter the tournament as the #9 seed after finishing with a 10-21 overall record, including 6-12 in conference play, losing out on a tiebreaker for the #8 seed with James Madison based on head-to-head records against top-seeded Hofstra. Towson scheduled themselves tough from the word go, losing to Virginia in their season opener as well as posting losses to Pepperdine, FAU and George Washington before defeating Tulane and falling to La Salle over the Christmas week. Conference play started rough for Towson, starting 1-0 before rattling off 6 straight losses. The Tigers fought for consistency, splitting their next 10 games, but lost their last 4 games to finish the season, finishing near the bottom of the CAA standings. Brian Fobbs led the Tigers in scoring with 17.6 points per game while Tobias Howard added 10.2 points while also leading Towson in assists with 2.5 assists per game. Dennis Tunstall leads Towson in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Towson is averaging 67.6 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

The James Madison Dukes come into this year’s tourney as the #8 seed, finishing the year at 13-18 overall, including 6-12 in conference play, winning out on the previously mentioned tiebreaker against Towson for the 8-spot. James Madison started the year 4-0 with wins over Charlotte and East Carolina and added a win over Northern Illinois but also had some losses to George Mason, Fordham, Oakland and the Citadel mixed in there. The Dukes never really got their feet underneath themselves, starting conference play 0-3 and 2-8 before splitting their last 8 games down the stretch to finish in the 8th position. Stuckey Mosley led the Dukes in scoring with 17 points per game while Matt Lewis came 2nd with 15.9 points per game and Darius Banks chipped in 12.5 points per game as JMU’s 3rd double-digit scorer. Dwight Wilson led the Dukes with 7.8 rebounds per game while Deshon Parker chipped in a team-high 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, James Madison is averaging 70.4 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

Towson is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 neutral site games. James Madison is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 conference games. Towson is 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

These two teams split the regular season series, so neither side really have a psychological edge over the other and the Dukes do have a tendency to play down to lower opposition. However, Not only has James Madison covered in 8 of the last 10 meetings, the Dukes have won 7 of the 10 straight up. I’d like to give Towson a shot here as anything can happen in the conference tournament, but in a near pick ‘em scenario, I have to lay the point with James Madison here given the history between the two teams.

Pick:
James Madison -1

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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