Betting on today’s Chanticleers and Dukes game? Catch the action at Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, VA, as the Dukes hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 153 points, and James Madison is favored by -19 vs. Coastal Carolina in a Sun Belt conference matchup.


The Pick: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers +19

This game will be played at Atlantic Union Bank Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 1st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Dukes.
  • Even though we have James Madison winning straight-up, we like Coastal Carolina at +19.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Chanticleers Come Through as Road Underdogs?

Coastal Carolina will be looking to end their three-game losing streak when they take on James Madison. The Chanticleers are 6-14 overall this season, including a 2-6 record in Sun Belt Conference games.

So far, Coastal Carolina has gone 1-5 on the road, and their average scoring margin on the road is -7.3 points per game. As the underdog, they have gone 2-11 this season, and their record in the last 10 road games is 1-9.

Coastal Carolina has been solid against the spread this season, going 9-7-1, and they have been even better on the road, posting a 4-1-1 mark. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Chanticleers have gone 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Coastal Carolina games is 9-8 and today’s line of 153 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (150). So far, five of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s line of 153. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 152 points.

The Coastal Carolina offense is coming off a game in which they scored 63 points vs. Southern Miss. Overall their field goal percentage was 46.6% while connecting on 4 threes. Coming into the game, the Chanticleers offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 30%. On average, they get up 20.6 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 12.6 made free-throws.

The Chanticleers’ defense is presently ranked 285th nationally, allowing an average of 78.1 points per contest. Against Southern Miss in their most recent game, the Coastal Carolina defense gave up a total of 79 points while allowing Southern Miss to hit 46% of their shots.

Can the Dukes Deliver Being Favored at Home?

James Madison enters this game with an impressive 18-3 record, including a 7-3 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. They have been even better at home, going 8-1 this season, and they have won two straight games at home.

On the year, the Dukes have been favored in 17 of their 21 games, going 15-2 in those contests. Their average scoring margin at home is +17.7 points per game, and they have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games at home.

As the favorite, James Madison has gone 11-6 vs. the spread this year and is 5-4 ATS at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes are 6-4 vs. the spread.

James Madison’s over/under record for the season sits at 9-10-1 and today’s line of 153 is right in line with the average over/under line of 153.1 in their games. So far, 11 of their games have had lower point totals than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points and their over/under record during that span is 1-2.

The James Madison offense is coming off a game where they scored 76 points against Appalachian State. They posted a field goal percentage of 42% and connected on 6 threes. One area that the James Madison offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 164th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 47%.

At this time, the Dukes’ defense is positioned 110th in the country, permitting 69.4 points per game. In today’s game vs. Coastal Carolina, the James Madison defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, James Madison made 30 free-throws vs. the Dukes.