The Zips and Dukes are set to face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN2. The Dukes will host the game at Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, VA. The odds for this non-conference game currently have James Madison as the -6 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 145.5 points.
AKRON ZIPS VS JAMES MADISON DUKES BETTING PICK
The Pick: James Madison Dukes -6
This game will be played at Atlantic Union Bank Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.
WHY BET THE JAMES MADISON DUKES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-68 in favor of the Dukes.
- Not only will James Madison pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.
Is a Road Win Possible for Akron?
On the season, Akron has gone 18-5, including a 10-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. They come into this game on a three-game winning streak, and they are 7-4 on the road this season.
So far, the Zips have been the underdog in six games, going 2-4 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin on the road this year is +4.6 points per game.
As the underdog, Akron has gone 4-2 vs. the spread this season. On the road, the Zips are 6-5 vs. the spread and have gone 2-1 ATS in their last 3 road games. Overall, Akron is 13-8 vs. the spread this year.
Today’s over/under line of 145.5 for the Akron Zips’ game against James Madison is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (141.4). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 with an average scoring total of 128 points.
The Akron offense is coming off a game in which they scored 68 points vs. Central Michigan. Overall their field goal percentage was 35.7% while connecting on 9 threes. Enrique Freeman is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 18.5. Meanwhile, Ali Ali also brings a PPG average of 15.7 into the game.
So far this season, the Akron defense has been performing well, ranking 22nd in the country at 64.3 points allowed per contest. So far, the Akron defense is giving up an average of 6.7 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.4 times per game (443rd).
Do the Dukes Stand a Chance at Home?
James Madison comes into this game as the favorite, which is nothing new for them. They have been favored in 20 of their 24 games this season, going 18-2 in those games. At home, they have been even better, going 10-1 and winning their last four games.
Overall, James Madison is 21-3 this season and has won three in a row. In Sun Belt play, they are 10-3, and they have gone 11-0 in non-conference action.
James Madison has an overall ATS record of 14-9 this season, including a 6-5 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes are just 5-5 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for James Madison games is 10-12-1. The average over/under line in their games is 153.7 and their games have averaged 153 points. So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 145.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and in their last 10 games, the over/under record is 3-7.
The James Madison offense is coming off a game in which they scored 77 points vs. Arkansas State. Overall their field goal percentage was 45.5% while connecting on 6 threes. On the offensive front, the Dukes have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, ranking 75th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 192nd in terms of percentage and 73rd in three-pointers made.
So far, the Dukes’ defense is ranked 104th in the country at 69.2 points per contest. So far, the James Madison defense is giving up an average of 8.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.7 times per game (470th).