The James Madison Dukes and the William & Mary Tribe meet in college basketball action from the Kaplan Arena on Saturday.
The James Madison Dukes come into this game looking to build on an 89-66 win over Northeastern last time out. Vado Morse leads the Dukes in scoring with 12.4 PPG along with 2.3 APG while Takai Molson has 11.6 PPG with 4.9 RPG and a team-high 2.6 APG this season. Charles Falden has 10.3 PPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for JMU this season while Justin Amadi has 8.5 PPG and 4.8 RPG and Alonzo Sule has 8.4 PPG and a team-high 6 RPG to lead the Dukes on the glass. As a team, James Madison is averaging 77.9 PPG on 48.4% shooting from the field, 35.3% from three and 69.2% from the foul line while allowing 65.4 PPG on 41.8% shooting from the field and 30.5% from three this season.
The William & Mary Tribe will try to build on their 71-70 win over Northeastern last time out. Connor Kochera leads the Tribe in scoring with 11.4 PPG with 5.1 RPG while Ben Wight has 11 PPG with a team-high 5.7 RPG to lead the Tribe on the glass this year. Quinn Blair has 10.1 PPG to make up the rest of the group of double-digit scorers for William & Mary this season while Tyler Rice has a team-high 3.6 APG as well this season. As a team, William & Mary is averaging 62.1 PPG on 40.4% shooting from the field, 28.3% from three and 66.3% from the foul line while allowing 72.1 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field and 33% from three this season.
James Madison is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite. William & Mary is 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.
I get the allure of points with a home dog as William & Mary’s M.O. has been winning games in unthinkable spots as of late. However, James Madison is up near the top of the CAA in terms of tiers this season and I just think that the JMU defense against the Tribe’s offense and vice versa will be too much for William & Mary to overcome here. Give me the Dukes laying the points.