CAA foes will collide when the Charleston Cougars (9-6, 3-0 CAA) meet the James Madison Dukes (8-6, 1-2 CAA) at TD Arena. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
James Madison Dukes vs. Charleston Cougars Odds Preview
The last time the Dukes played, they beat the UNCW Seahawks, 64-60. With 11 points and 15 rebounds, James Madison’s Dwight Wilson had a good outing. James Madison played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.294 (above their season average of 0.238) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.1 (above their season average of 24.9). For those same stats, UNCW put up marks of 0.136 and 23.1, respectively.
The Cougars come in on a high note after topping the Towson Tigers in their last outing, 81-69. With 28 points on 9-for-21 shooting, Grant Riller was the game’s high scorer. Charleston dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 2.7 (better than their season average of 15.9) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.483 (below their season average of 0.505). Towson was 10.4 and 0.415, respectively, for those same stats.
Charleston could put on a ball-control clinic in this showdown. Charleston ranks 40th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.9 percent), while James Madison forces the -1st-fewest turnovers (14.5 percent). Contrasting paces will be on display in this contest. The up-and-down Dukes rank 29th in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Cougars rank 289th.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after splitting two games last season. The Cougars won the most recent game 70-53. The Cougars played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.255 and an absurdly low turnover percentage of 8.0. For those same stats, the Dukes put up marks of 0.088 and 20.2, respectively.
James Madison Dukes vs. Charleston Cougars Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Charleston, ATS Winner – Charleston, O/U – Over
James Madison ranks 80th in blocks per game (3.7) while Charleston ranks 125th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
The Cougars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.4, up from 3.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Dukes have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (1.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (3.6 below their season average).