Betting on today’s Dukes and Golden Eagles game? Catch the action at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, MS, as the Golden Eagles hosts this showdown at 3:00 ET on ESPN+. The Dukes come into this Sun Belt conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 156.5 points.
JAMES MADISON DUKES VS SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +7
This game will be played at Reed Green Coliseum at 3:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
- Not only will Southern Miss pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 156.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Will James Madison Live Up to Expectations on the Road?
James Madison comes into this game with a perfect 14-0 record and are favored by seven points on the road. So far this season, they have been favored in 11 of their 14 games and have gone 11-0 in those contests.
On the road, the Dukes are a perfect 8-0 and have an average scoring margin of +12.2 points per game. In their last game, they defeated Louisiana-Lafayette by a score of 68-61 and have won their last eight road games.
James Madison has been one of the best teams in the country vs. the spread this season, going 10-3. They have been particularly strong on the road, going 7-1 vs. the spread away from home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Dukes are 7-3 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for James Madison games is 7-5-1. Currently, the average over/under line in their games is 153.2 and their games have averaged 159.2 points. Today’s line of 156.5 is similar to their season-long average OU line. Over their last three games, the OU record is 1-2 and their games have averaged 146 points during that stretch.
The James Madison offense is coming off a game in which they scored 68 points vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Overall their field goal percentage was 41.4% while connecting on 5 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Terrence Edwards, who holds an average of 17.3 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, T.J Bickerstaff is averaging 16 points per game this season.
At present, the Dukes’ defense is nationally ranked 141st, allowing 71.2 points per game. In today’s game, the James Madison defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 61 points.
Can Southern Miss Grab a Win at Home?
Heading into today’s game, Southern Miss is a 7-point underdog at home against James Madison. So far this season, the Golden Eagles are 7-7 overall and 2-4 at home.
In their last game, Southern Miss faced Georgia State and came away with a 79-73 victory. Over their last ten games at home, the Golden Eagles are 5-5.
As the underdog this season, Southern Miss has gone just 2-4 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 3-9. At home, they have gone just 1-5 vs. the spread and their last 10 home ATS mark is 2-6.
Today’s over/under line of 156.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Southern Miss’ games this season (140.5). So far, 12 of their games have had lower over/under lines than 156.5. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 155 points.
The Southern Miss offense is coming off a game in which they scored 79 points vs. Georgia State. Overall their field goal percentage was 45.6% while connecting on 6 threes. Offensively, the Golden Eagles have a season long field goal percentage of 42%, which is 321st in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 207th in percentage and 289th in three-pointers made.
So far, the Golden Eagles’ defense is ranked 149th in the country at 71.5 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Southern Miss’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 34.6% this season.