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James Madison vs South Alabama Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Dukes vs Jaguars Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: James Madison Dukes at South Alabama Jaguars
- Where: Mobile at Mitchell Center
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: James Madison -3.5, JMAD -171 | SALA +138 O/U 141.5
James Madison will take the floor against the Jaguars with an overall record of 11-6. On the road, the Dukes will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 5-4. This season, James Madison has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 7-4. For today’s contest, James Madison has a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
James Madison’s leading scorer this season is Terrence Edwards, who is averaging 11.06 points per contest. So far, Edwards has accounted for 12.67% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.06 assists. Takal Molson is the second leading scorer for the Dukes, averaging 11.31 points per game. Between him and Molson, they are accounting for 24.9% 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 17 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs James Madison, the South Alabama Jaguars will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 7-9. So far this season, South Alabama has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-3. For the season, South Alabama has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 0-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Jaguars being +3.5 point underdogs.
South Alabama’s leading scorer this season is Isaih Moore, who is averaging 17.47 points per contest. So far, Moore has accounted for 23.93% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.07 rebounds per game and 4.73 assists. Kevin Samuel is the second leading scorer for the Jaguars, averaging 11.31 points per game. Between him and Samuel, they are accounting for 40.5% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Alabama this season, as they are currently ranked 186th in college basketball at 71.4 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 Jaguars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 279th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: South Alabama Jaguars +3.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the James Madison Dukes are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -3.5. However, we anticipate South Alabama putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Dukes as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Jaguars to cover.