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

James Madison vs Southern Miss Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Dukes vs Golden Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: James Madison Dukes at Southern Miss Golden Eagles
  • Where: Hattiesburg at Reed Green Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: James Madison +1, JMAD -104 | SOUMIS -119 O/U 148.0

Dukes Preview:

James Madison will take the floor against the Golden Eagles with an overall record of 13-7. So far, the Dukes have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 6-5. For the season, James Madison has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Dukes being +1 point underdogs.

James Madison will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Vado Morse who is averaging 13.65 points per game for the Dukes. Morse is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Dukes’ offensive game plan is the play of Terrence Edwards who has hit 58.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.95 points per game.

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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 20 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.

Golden Eagles Preview:

Southern Miss heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 16-4. Currently, the Golden Eagles have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 10-0. The Golden Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Southern Miss has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 10-1.

Southern Miss will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Austin Crowley who is averaging 17.75 points per game for the Golden Eagles. Crowley is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Golden Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Felipe Haase who has hit 45.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.7 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Southern Miss this season, as they are currently ranked 396th in college basketball at 64.4 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 Golden Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.2%, placing them 407th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: James Madison Dukes +1

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Southern Miss as the favorites with a line coming in at -1. 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 Southern Miss at 5.36 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 Golden Eagles.

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