Check out our free James Madison vs Old Dominion pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Norfolk. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
James Madison vs Old Dominion Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds
Dukes vs Monarchs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: James Madison Dukes at Old Dominion Monarchs
- Where: Norfolk at Chartway Arena
- Date: Thursday, February 2nd
- Betting Odds: James Madison -1.5, JMAD -127 | OLD +103 O/U 139.0
The James Madison Dukes will be looking to pick up their 24th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. On the road, the Dukes will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 6-6. So far, the Dukes have been favored 15 times, going 10-5 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have James Madison as -1.5 point favorites.
James Madison’s leading scorer this season is Terrence Edwards, who is averaging 12.32 points per contest. So far, Edwards has accounted for 14.11% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.45 rebounds per game and 1.95 assists. Vado Morse is the second leading scorer for the Dukes, averaging 13.0 points per game. Between him and Morse, they are accounting for 27.6% 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 23 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.
The Old Dominion Monarchs head into today’s game in what will be their 23rd game of the season, posting a record of 13-9. So far this season, Old Dominion has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-3. For the season, Old Dominion has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 3-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Monarchs being +1.5 point underdogs.
Before getting a wager down on this game, keep a close eye on the injury report before tip-off, as the Monarchs’ top scorer Tyreek Scott-Grayson is listed as questionable. In his 21 games, he is averaging 14.43 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 Tyreek Scott-Grayson out of the lineup, Chaunce Jenkins is going to need to take on a bigger role. Currently, he is 2nd on the team at 13.45 points per contest to go along with 3.45 rebounds and 2.86 assists.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Old Dominion this season, as they are currently ranked 346th in college basketball at 66.5 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 Monarchs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.4%, placing them 485th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: James Madison Dukes -1.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the James Madison Dukes to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although James Madison as a team is just 77th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Monarchs’ defense. At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Dukes to come out on top and cover.