Looking to win big? The Dukes and Thundering Herd face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Thundering Herd are hosting the game at Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, WV. James Madison is favored by -7.5 in this Sun Belt conference contest against Marshall. The game’s over/under currently sits at 155 points.

JAMES MADISON DUKES VS MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Marshall Thundering Herd +7.5

This game will be played at Cam Henderson Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, February 21st.

WHY BET THE MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Thundering Herd.
  • Not only will Marshall pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will the Dukes Secure A Victory as Road Favorites?

James Madison comes into this game with a record of 24-3 and a six-game winning streak. They are 12-3 in Sun Belt Conference play and have yet to lose a game outside of their conference, going 12-0.

On the road, the Dukes are 10-2 this season, and they have an average scoring margin of +8.5 points per game. In their last 10 road games, they have gone 8-2.

James Madison has an ATS record of 16-10 this season and they are 14-9 vs. the spread when favored. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes have gone 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 8-4 this year and they are 6-4 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 155 for James Madison’s game against Marshall is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (153.2). So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 148 points.

In their recent matchup, the James Madison offense ended with 87 points against Georgia Southern. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 48.1% and made 7 threes. Offensively, the Dukes have a season long field goal percentage of 47%, which is 61st in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 170th in percentage and 81st in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the James Madison defense is giving up an average of 69.0 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Georgia Southern, the Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 48% and a total of 80 points vs. James Madison.

Will the Thundering Herd Pull Through as the Home Underdog?

Marshall will be the underdog in this game, as they have a record of 3-8 when they are not favored. They are coming off a 74-67 loss to Coastal Carolina and have lost three straight games.

So far this season, Marshall has a record of 12-15. At home, they are 7-5, and over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 7-3. On the road, they are 4-10, and their average scoring margin at home is +3.7.

Marshall’s ATS record for the season is 11-15, including a home mark of 6-6. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Thundering Herd are 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 5-4 over their last 10 contests.

Marshall’s over/under record for the season sits at 8-17-1 and today’s line of 155 is just a touch higher than the average over/under line in their games (154.5). So far, 18 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and their OU record during that span is 0-3.

Compared to their season average of 74.7 points per game, Marshall struggled in their previous game. Against Coastal Carolina, the Thundering Herd scored 67 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 33.3%. Kevon Voyles is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14. Meanwhile, Obinna Anochili-Killen also brings a PPG average of 15.5 into the game.

Facing James Madison, Marshall aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 76.2 points allowed per game (270th). In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Marshall’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.0% this season.