The James Madison Dukes (8-11, 1-7 CAA), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they visit Schar Center to go head-to-head against the Elon Phoenix (5-16, 1-7 CAA). Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
James Madison Dukes vs. Elon Phoenix Odds Preview
The last time the Dukes played, they fell to the William & Mary Tribe, 88-75. James Madison’s Matt Lewis finished with 22 points and six rebounds in the contest. William & Mary made 12 of their 25 three pointers (48.0 percent). James Madison, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (22-26; 84.6 percent).
The Phoenix are trying to rebound after their 72-61 loss to the Towson Tigers in their last outing. Hunter Woods led Elon in scoring with 15 points on 4-for-16 shooting. Towson did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (25-29; 86.2 percent). Elon, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 10.0 (better than their season average of 15.9).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Phoenix won both contests played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Elon won 73-58. The Phoenix dominated every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.3 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.589. For those same stats, the Dukes put up marks of 12.9 and 0.510, respectively.
James Madison might have a difficult time creating turnovers. Elon ranks 70th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.6 percent), while James Madison forces the 17th-fewest turnovers (16.3 percent). It will also be a showdown of contrasting paces as the fast-breaking Dukes rank 25th in possessions per game, while the more methodical Phoenix rank 255th.
James Madison vs. Elon Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Elon, ATS Winner – Elon, O/U – Under
The Dukes rank 45th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Phoenix rank 84th (6.1).
James Madison ranks 88th in blocked shots (3.5 per game) while Elon ranks 96th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Elon averages 28.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 18th in the country. James Madison ranks 263rd in three pointers allowed per game (26.0).
The Dukes rank 28th in rebounds per game (40.0) while the Phoenix rank 222nd (33.9).
Elon ranks 109th in assists per game (13.6) while James Madison ranks 197th in assists allowed per game (14.3).
The Phoenix’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.0, up from 4.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Dukes have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 80.0 points per game (3.4 above their season average).