Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Dukes and Eagles. The game is starting at 5:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Eagles at W. S. Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, GA. Get ready to place your bets! James Madison is favored by -11.5 in this Sun Belt conference matchup the against Georgia Southern. The over/under for the game is set at 155 points.

JAMES MADISON DUKES VS GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Georgia Southern Eagles +11.5

This game will be played at W. S. Hanner Fieldhouse at 5:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Eagles.
  • Not only will Georgia Southern pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +11.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Is It the Dukes Game to Lose on the Road?

James Madison has been the favorite in 24 of their 28 games this season, and they have gone 22-2 in those games. On the road, the Dukes have gone 11-2, and they have won their last two games away from home.

Overall, James Madison is 25-3, and they have won seven games in a row. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is +9.8, and they are coming off an 84-58 win over Marshall.

James Madison has an overall ATS record of 17-10 this season, including a 9-4 mark on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for James Madison games is 11-15-1 with an average of 152 points per game. Today’s over/under line of 155 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (153.3). So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average of 151 points per game.

The Dukes’ offense wrapped up their last game with 84 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 84.8 points per contest. In terms of three-point shooting, the Dukes offense has been good from outside, hitting 35% of their three-pointers on an average of 24.1 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 47%.

Currently, the Dukes’ defense holds the 84th rank in the nation, allowing 68.6 points per game. The James Madison defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 58 points and allowed Marshall to connect on 4 threes.

Does Georgia Southern Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

Georgia Southern will enter this game as an underdog, as they have been in 24 of their 28 games this season. They are 4-20 in those games. At home, the Eagles have gone 4-6 this season, and they are coming off a win over Texas State, 84-76. Their record for the year is 6-22.

For the season, Georgia Southern has an average scoring margin of +.7 at home, while they have been outscored by an average of -12.6 on the road. So far, they are 2-16 on the road this season.

Georgia Southern has an ATS record of 11-15-2 this season and they are 5-4-1 against the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Eagles have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Georgia Southern games is 17-11. The average scoring total in their games this year is 151.5 points, which is lower than today’s over/under line of 155. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 160 points.

The Georgia Southern offense is coming off a game in which they scored 84 points vs. Texas State. Overall their field goal percentage was 52.7% while connecting on 11 threes. Tyren Moore is leading the team in scoring at 15.1 points per contest. Eren Banks has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 10.8 going into the game.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Georgia Southern is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 79.7 points per game (318th). Georgia Southern’s three-point defense is currently 194th in the country at 8.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.4% of their shots vs. Georgia Southern.