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James Madison vs Troy Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Dukes vs Trojans Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: James Madison Dukes at Troy Trojans
- Where: Troy at Trojan Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: James Madison -1, JMAD -117 | TROY -105 O/U 142.5
Through 19 games, the James Madison Dukes have an overall record of 12-7. On the road, the Dukes will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 5-5. So far, the Dukes have been favored 13 times, going 8-5 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have James Madison as -1 point favorites.
James Madison’s leading scorer this season is Terrence Edwards, who is averaging 11.56 points per contest. So far, Edwards has accounted for 12.77% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.11 rebounds per game and 1.94 assists. Vado Morse is the second leading scorer for the Dukes, averaging 12.94 points per game. Between him and Morse, 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 19 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.
Troy will take the floor against the Dukes with an overall record of 12-7. Currently, the Trojans have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. So far, the Trojans have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Xavier Williams comes into today’s game as the Trojans’ leading scorer at 11.63 points per contest. Not only has Williams been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Troy’s top rebounder at 6.37 boards per contest. Behind Williams, the team has benefited from the strong play of Christyon Eugene, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.89 points per game. Overall, he has hit 50.0% of his shots and is adding 3.06 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Troy this season, as they are currently ranked 259th in college basketball at 69.2 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 Trojans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.1%, placing them 321st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Troy Trojans +1
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have James Madison 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 Troy Trojans to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with James Madison at 7.41 made 3’s per game compared to Troy at 8.0. Look for Troy to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Dukes.