Check out our free James Madison vs Marshall pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Huntington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

James Madison vs Marshall Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Dukes vs Thundering Herd Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: James Madison Dukes at Marshall Thundering Herd
  • Where: Huntington at Cam Henderson Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: James Madison +4.5, JMAD +162 | MARSH -199 O/U 157.0

Dukes Preview:

James Madison heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-4. So far, the Dukes have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 4-4. For the season, James Madison has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 0-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Dukes being +4.5 point underdogs.

Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Dukes’ top scorer Vado Morse is listed as questionable. In his 13 games, he is averaging 13.15 points per game while providing the team with an outside shooting threat. If he is unable to play, the team will be losing their top outside shooter. Without Vado Morse out of the lineup, Takal Molson is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 12.38 points per contest to go along with 4.69 rebounds and 1.46 assists.

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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 14 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.

Thundering Herd Preview:

Marshall will take their 3 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 12-2. Currently, the Thundering Herd have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 9-0. The Thundering Herd’s are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Marshall has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 10-2.

Marshall’s leading scorer this season is Taevion Kinsey who is averaging 20.64 points per contest. So far, Kinsey has accounted for 24.79% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.5 rebounds per game and 5.5 assists. Andrew Taylor is the second leading scorer for the Thundering Herd, averaging 19.21 points per game. Between him and Taylor, they are accounting for 47.9% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Marshall is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 30.1% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 39.39% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: James Madison Dukes +4.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Marshall as the favorites with a line coming in at -4.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the James Madison Dukes to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Marshall at 7.58 made 3’s per game compared to James Madison at 7.41. Look for James Madison to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Thundering Herd.

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