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Georgia Southern vs James Madison Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Eagles vs Dukes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Georgia Southern Eagles at James Madison Dukes
- Where: Harrisonburg at Atlantic Union Bank Center
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Georgia Southern +9, GAS +339 | JMAD -451 O/U 137.5
The Georgia Southern Eagles head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 11-7. So far, the Eagles have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 4-4. For the season, Georgia Southern has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 5-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Eagles being +9 point underdogs.
Georgia Southern’s leading scorer this season is Andrei Savrasov, who is averaging 13.31 points per contest. So far, Savrasov has accounted for 17.12% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.81 rebounds per game and 1.0 assists. Jalen Finch is the second leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 10.67 points per game. Between him and Finch, they are accounting for 32.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Georgia Southern this season, as they are currently ranked 347th in college basketball at 66.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.3%, placing them 454th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Georgia Southern, the James Madison Dukes will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 11-7. Currently, the Dukes have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. The Dukes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -9 points in their favor. For the season, James Madison has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 7-5.
James Madison’s leading scorer this season is Terrence Edwards, who is averaging 11.56 points per contest. So far, Edwards has accounted for 13.45% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.11 rebounds per game and 1.94 assists. Takal Molson is the second leading scorer for the Dukes, averaging 10.94 points per game. Between him and Molson, they are accounting for 25.5% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, James Madison is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.1 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 34.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.87% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: James Madison Dukes -9
For this matchup between the James Madison Dukes and Georgia Southern Eagles, we like Georgia Southern to keep the game closer than the oddsmakers are anticipating. Historically, the Eagles have held up well vs the spread as the underdog, going 5-0 (last 5). The two team’s also play different brands of basketball with James Madison preferring to get up and down the court, while Georgia Southern likes to slow the game to a grind. We this favoring the Eagles as there will be fewer possessions for James Madison to pull home. Going into the game, we feel good about getting a bet down on the Georgia Southern Eagles to cover as the +9 point underdogs.