Check out our free Louisiana-Monroe vs James Madison pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Harrisonburg. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Louisiana-Monroe vs James Madison Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Warhawks vs Dukes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at James Madison Dukes
- Where: Harrisonburg at Atlantic Union Bank Center
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Louisiana-Monroe +12.5, LAMON +522 | JMAD -800 O/U 141.5
Louisiana-Monroe will take the floor against the Dukes with an overall record of 10-12. On the road, the Warhawks will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 4-7. So far, the Warhawks have been the underdog 17 times, going 6-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +12.5 underdogs on the spread.
Louisiana-Monroe’s leading scorer this season is Tyreke Locure, who is averaging 13.91 points per contest. So far, Locure has accounted for 19.9% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.23 rebounds per game and 3.32 assists. Jamari Blackmon is the second leading scorer for the Warhawks, averaging 13.0 points per game. Between him and Blackmon, they are accounting for 37.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Louisiana-Monroe this season, as they are currently ranked 164th in college basketball at 72.5 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 Warhawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 269th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Louisiana-Monroe, the James Madison Dukes will be taking the floor for the 23rd time this season and have an overall record of 14-8. Currently, the Dukes have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 8-2. The Dukes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -12.5 points in their favor. For the season, James Madison has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 9-5.
James Madison’s leading scorer this season is Terrence Edwards, who is averaging 12.33 points per contest. So far, Edwards has accounted for 13.9% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.52 rebounds per game and 1.95 assists. Vado Morse is the second leading scorer for the Dukes, averaging 13.11 points per game. Between him and Morse, they are accounting for 27.3% 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 22 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.
Free Spread Prediction: James Madison Dukes -12.5
If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks to cover as +12.5 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both Louisiana-Monroe and James Madison come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Warhawks and the fact that they have 3-2 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on their away floor.