The James Madison Dukes (1-4) will be at home in JMU Convocation Center when they challenge the Appalachian State Mountaineers (3-2). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 151 points with James Madison set as a 2-point favorite. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Appalachian State Mountaineers at James Madison Dukes Odds Preview
The Mountaineers defeated the UTEP Miners in their last game, 76-72. OShowen Williams led Appalachian State in scoring with 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Appalachian State played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (below their season average of 41.3) and a free throw rate of 0.364 (above their season average of 0.343). UTEP put up marks of 13.9 and 0.237, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Dukes last matchup, they were defeated by the UTSA Roadrunners, 90-77. With 13 points, Stuckey Mosley put together a good outing for James Madison. UTSA did an excellent job of making free throws (25-31; 80.6 percent). James Madison, on the other hand, held the Roadrunners to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 32.5).
It will be a battle of contrasting styles as the up-tempo Mountaineers will look to push the more methodical Dukes. Since the 2016-17 season, the Mountaineers rank 47th in possessions per game while the Dukes are 316th.
Of Appalachian States 3 games with betting action, two have finished over the O/U total, while 2 of James Madisons 4 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Mountaineers have a clear advantage. They are 3-2 SU and 2-1 ATS, while the Dukes are 1-4 SU and 0-4 ATS.
The Mountaineers won the lone game against the Dukes last season, 73-61. Appalachian State had a much better turnover percentage (14.3 vs. 27.5). James Madison, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.4 vs. 15.8).
Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. James Madison Dukes Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – James Madison, ATS Winner – James Madison, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Dukes rank 50th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while the Mountaineers rank 152nd (3.5).
- Appalachian State ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (17.8) while James Madison ranks 240th (22.6).
- The Mountaineers rank 24th in rebounds per game (39.4) while the Dukes rank 225th (34.8).
- Appalachian State ranks 134th in assists per game (14.0) while James Madison ranks 281st (11.4).