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James Madison to Cover Huge Spread vs UL Monroe

UL Monroe (4-11, 0-5) has not gotten off to the best start in Sun Belt conference play, losing the opening five games. There is a chance that it won’t get any better, having to face James Madison (15-2, 3-2) on the road, with NCAA basketball lines heavily favoring the home team.

The Warhawks are winless in conference play, continuing that in a 67-54 loss to Texas State. In the Dukes’ last game, James Madison lost to Appalachian State 59-55 and continued to show some cracks in the team’s play.

James Madison to Cover Huge Spread vs UL Monroe
James Madison to Cover Huge Spread vs UL Monroe

UL Monroe vs James Madison Game Information

  1. Game: UL Monroe (4-11) vs. James Madison (15-2)
  2. Location: Atlantic Union Bank Center, Harrisonburg, VA
  3. Day/Time: Thursday, Jan. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET
  4. UL Monroe vs James MadisonLive Stream: TBS.com

 

While UL Monroe is winless in the Sun Belt, James Madison has struggled of late. James Madison has lost two of its last three games in conference play after winning the first 14 games of the season. That could affect the NCAA games today.

UL Monroe vs James Madison Odds and Spreads

UL Monroe vs James Madison Score Prediction

James Madison 83, UL Monroe 61

  1. Dukes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
  2. Dukes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
  3. Dukes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
  4. Warhawks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.
  5. Warhawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
  6. Under is 5-0 in Dukes last 5 overall.
  7. Under is 5-0 in Dukes last 5 games as a home favorite.
  8. Under is 5-0 in Dukes last 5 games as a favorite.

 

ATS Pick: James Madison -21

This is a perfect game for James Madison team to get back on track in college basketball predictions. The Dukes have struggled since the start of conference play, but UL Monroe has been even worse, winless through its first five league games.

Before Sun Belt play started, James Madison won the first 12 non-conference games of the season. That hot start continued into conference play when the Dukes won the opening two games. However, the last three games have not gone as planned, leading to the team’s first two losses of the season.

The first loss came against Southern Miss 81-71 on the road, and the second was at home against Appalachian State. That loss has a chance to change some future college basketball lines, with the Dukes’ offense struggling. JMU averages the most points per game in the conference at 86.8.

At 17.1 points per game, leading scorer Terrence Edwards still had a solid night against Appalachian State, scoring 19. However, only one other player had over six points in the game.

That was against the best defense in the conference, with Appalachian State giving up 63.1. UL Monroe is not on that level defensively, allowing 72.1 points per game, which should lead to a bounce back for James Madison.

Over/Under Pick: Under 145½

Once again, this game is a solid option to hit the under for college basketball picks because of James Madison. The Dukes, despite having a solid offense, have struggled to hit the over recently. They have only hit the over twice in the last nine games and have yet to do so in a Sun Belt matchup.

UL Monroe certainly won’t help this game become high-scoring. The Warhawks have hit the over in just one conference game and hit the under in five of their last nine games overall. On top of that, the team’s highest scorers, Tyreke Locure and Nika Metskhvarishvili, are only averaging 10 points.

Team Prop Pick: James Madison Under 83½ Points (-115)

While James Madison has been one of the top offenses in the Sun Belt this season, it has also hit a rough patch recently. That offensive struggle has played a factor in the team’s last two losses and could remain an issue against UL Monroe despite the Dukes’ big win.

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Questions Of The Day

How many rebounds will UL Monroe have?


UL Monroe averages 35 rebounds per game in conference play, so expect them to be around that number.

Which team will win the first half?


James Madison will need to use this game to make a statement, so it should get a big lead on its home court.

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