Towson vs. James Madison - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Towson vs. James Madison - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

James Madison Dukes (8-9) at Towson Tigers (9-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm (SECU Arena)

The Line: Towson Tigers -7 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The James Madison Dukes and the Towson Tigers meet in college basketball action from SECU Arena on Saturday. 

The Dukes enter this matchup at 8-9 overall. James Madison is currently riding a three-game losing streak, falling to Charleston, Delaware and Drexel during that stretch of outings. 

In the loss to the Dragons, James Madison’s Matt Lewis led the charge on 24 points with three assists and two rebounds. Darius Banks added 13 points and five rebounds there, and Michael Christmas had 12 points and six boards. 

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Over on the Towson side, they’re 9-9 this year. The Tigers are on a three-game winning streak right now, beating UNCW, Drexel and Delaware during that time. 

In the win over the Hens, Towson’s Allen Betrand led the way on 18 points and five rebounds. Nicolas Timberlake added 14 points and five boards there, and Juwan Gray had 13 points with three rebounds. 

Towson is 7-17 ATS in the last 24 Saturday games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine versus a team with a losing straight-up record. The under is 5-2 in the Tigers’ last seven after an ATS win and the over is 4-1 in their last five overall. 

Meanwhile, the Dukes are 1-5 ATS in the last six overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six on Saturday. The over is 5-1 in JMU’s last six road games and 9-4-1 in their last 14 overall. 

James Madison is usually a pretty good scoring team, finishing above 70 points more often than not. The Dukes have been giving up a ton of points during this losing streak though: 85 to Charleston, 80 to Delaware and 78 to Drexel. 

Towson had a bit of a lull for about four games themselves, but over their last pair the Tigers have put up a combined 173 points. There’s not a ton of intrigue in this battle of near-.500 teams, but I’m going to stick with Towson to stay hot and cover here. 

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