The Bobcats and Dukes are set to face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Dukes will host the game at Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, VA. This Sun Belt conference matchup has an over/under of 148.5 points, and the Dukes are favored to win at home vs. the Bobcats.
TEXAS STATE BOBCATS VS JAMES MADISON DUKES BETTING PICK
The Pick: James Madison Dukes -11.5
This game will be played at Atlantic Union Bank Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE JAMES MADISON DUKES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-65 in favor of the Dukes.
- Not only will James Madison pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -11.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Will the Bobcats Come Through as Road Underdogs?
Texas State enters today’s game against James Madison with a 6-6 record for the season. In their last ten road games, including those from last year, Texas State has a record of 5-5. Prior to today’s game, Texas State holds a 5-5 ATS record. Over their last five games, the team is 2-1 vs. the spread.
Up to this point, games involving Texas State have had an average of 132.2 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 135.4 points. Their over/under record is 4-6-0. The Bobcats have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 144 points per game and an over/under record of 0-3.
The Texas State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 37 points vs. Houston. Overall their field goal percentage was 28.9% while connecting on 2 threes. On the offensive front, the Bobcats have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, ranking 249th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 345th in terms of percentage and 357th in three-pointers made.
So far, the Bobcats’ defense is ranked 105th in the country at 68.8 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Houston, the Cougars finished with a field goal percentage of 43% and a total of 72 points vs. Texas State.
Will James Madison Win at Home?
James Madison is heading into their 13th game of the season with a perfect 12-0 record. In their last five home games, including those from last year, James Madison has gone 5-0. James Madison has a positive ATS record, sitting above .500 at 8-3. In their last five games, they are 3-1 ATS.
So far, James Madison’s games have averaged 163 points per game with the average over/under line being 153.5 points. When assessing the Dukes’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-2, with their games averaging 152 points per game.
In their recent matchup, the James Madison offense ended with 89 points against Morgan State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 44.6% and made 9 threes. The top scorer for the Dukes was Terrence Edwards with 29 points, while Raekwon Horton also chipped in with 16 points.
At present, the Dukes’ defense is nationally ranked 164th, allowing 72.6 points per game. In their previous game vs. Morgan State, the Bears finished with a field goal percentage of 47% and a total of 75 points vs. James Madison.