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James Madison vs. Duke Round 2 College Basketball Tourney Picks

In a game centered around strong defense, Duke moved past Vermont on Friday and now encounters James Madison, an elite mid-major team that delivered a stunning underdog victory against Wisconsin, dominating from wire to wire.

Duke faces a James Madison team with the nation’s longest winning streak and a stellar defense. Duke aims to secure a spot in the Sweet 16 by overcoming another double-digit seed. With such challenging opposition, the Blue Devils aren’t an automatic addition to our NCAA basketball free picks for Sunday.

James Madison vs. Duke Round 2 College Basketball Tourney Picks
Kyle Filipowski #30, Jared Mccain #0, And Tyrese Proctor #5 Of The Duke Blue Devils /elsa / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Via Afp


Game Information

  • Game: James Madison (32-3) vs. Duke (25-8)
  • Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Day/Time: Sunday, March 24, 5:15 p.m. ET
  • James Madison vs Duke Live Stream: TBS.com


James Madison (32-3) will play Duke (25-8) at Barclays Center on Sunday. The game will start at 5:15 p.m.ET and be broadcast on CBS.

James Madison vs. Duke Odds and Spreads




ATS & Total Pick: James Madison +7 1/2 & Under 148 1/2 (-110)

Sunday’s game offers an NCAA basketball betting total of 148 1/2, which wouldn’t be considered high for some teams. But, for teams who prioritize defense as much as JMU and Duke, 150 points might as well be 1,500.

According to KenPom, the Blue Devils are ranked in the bottom 100 for adjusted tempo. They emphasize a more deliberate, half-court-focused game that relies on precise execution. James Madison may move quicker, but the Dukes still average fewer than 70 possessions per 40 minutes.

James Madison also boasts a formidable defense, ranking in the top 20 for effective field goal percentage allowed and excelling, particularly against three-point shots, where they rank second. Their strategy encourages opponents to move inside the arc, contributing to their 11th-place ranking in raw defensive efficiency.

Given these dynamics, the game will likely unfold primarily in the halfcourt, under Duke’s preferred conditions, leading to a defensively oriented, low-scoring contest.

Regarding the NCAA basketball spread, while James Madison has excelled throughout the Sun Belt conference, carrying momentum and confidence, Duke’s -7 1/2 spread appears overstated. Despite Duke’s talent, facing a team like JMU, especially under current conditions, justifies a tighter contest. JMU’s hot streak also warrants adding them +7½ to our best college basketball bets on Sunday.



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Score Prediction

Duke 73, James Madison 70



Questions of the Day

What are the injury concerns for James Madison vs Duke?

Duke Guard Celeb Foster was ruled out of the season on Thursday, while JMU has no new injuries to report.

Who will pull down the most rebounds in the James Madison vs Duke game tonight?

T.J. Bickerstaff is the best rebounder on either team, with an average of 8.5 RPG. The forward had nine on Friday when JMU beat Wisconsin.

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