Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Dukes versus the Chanticleers? Tip off is at at 7:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at The HTC Center in Conway, SC. James Madison come into this Sun Belt conference matchup as the -15 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 156 points.

JAMES MADISON DUKES VS COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers +15

This game will be played at The HTC Center at 7:30 ET on Friday, March 1st.

WHY BET THE COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Chanticleers.
  • Not only will Coastal Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +15.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Do the Dukes Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

James Madison has been dominant all season long, as they have gone 27-3. They have won nine straight games and have gone 15-3 in Sun Belt play. The Dukes have been especially strong on the road, going 13-2 this season.

On the season, James Madison has been favored in 26 of their 30 games, going 24-2 in those matchups. They are coming off of a win over Georgia State, and they have gone 8-2 in their last 10 road games.

James Madison has an ATS record of 17-12 this season and they are 15-11 vs. the spread when favored. On the road, the Dukes are 9-6 vs. the spread this year and they have gone just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 156 is higher than the average over/under line in James Madison’s games this season (153.2). So far, 18 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points.

The James Madison offense is coming off a game where they scored 84 points against Georgia State. They posted a field goal percentage of 45.9% and connected on 11 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Terrence Edwards who comes into today’s matchup averaging 17.6. T.J Bickerstaff also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.

At this time, the Dukes’ defense is positioned 93rd in the country, permitting 69.1 points per game. Against Georgia State in their most recent game, the James Madison defense gave up a total of 78 points while allowing Georgia State to hit 37% of their shots.

Can Coastal Carolina Secure a Home Victory?

Coastal Carolina will look to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts James Madison. The Chanticleers are 8-20 overall, including a 5-10 record at home. Their average margin of defeat at home this season is -5.3 points per game.

So far, Coastal Carolina has been the underdog in 21 of its 28 games. As the underdog, the Chanticleers have gone 4-17. They are 2-3 this season when favored.

Coastal Carolina’s ATS record this season is 14-11-1, including an 8-7 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Chanticleers are 4-6 vs. the spread.

Coastal Carolina’s over/under record this season is 14-12. The average scoring total in their games is 151.2, which is slightly higher than the average over/under line in their games of 151. So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 156. Their over/under record in their last three games is 0-3, with the average scoring total in those games being 135 points.

The Coastal Carolina offense is coming off a game where they scored 60 points against Arkansas State. They posted a field goal percentage of 35.3% and connected on 3 threes. Jacob Meyer is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.9 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Ginika Ojiako brings a PPG average of 12.6 into the game.

Currently, the Chanticleers’ defense holds the 299th rank in the nation, allowing 78.5 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Coastal Carolina’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.2% this season.