James Madison vs. Elon - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

James Madison vs. Elon - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

James Madison Dukes (9-20) at Elon Phoenix (11-20)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Entertainment & Sports Arena)

The Line: Elon Phoenix -2 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The James Madison Dukes (9-20, 2-16 CONF) and the Elon Phoenix (11-20, 7-11 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for the 1st Round of the CAA Conference Tournament. The game will be played at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC, and it is scheduled for a 6:30 PM eastern start time. 

James Madison ended their regular season with a 97-81 road loss to Hofstra. James Madison did not have the strongest regular season in the CAA, but, conference tournaments do not depend on regular-season results, as every team has a chance to make a splash. Elon finished their regular season with an 86-79 road loss to William & Mary. Elon has dropped back-to-back games heading into the conference tournament. 

James Madison scores 72.3 points per game on 41.9 percent field goal shooting this season. James Madison’s leading scorer is G Matt Lewis, who scores 19.0 points per game. The leading rebounder for James Madison is F Dwight Wilson, who earns 9.4 rebounds per game. James Madison allows 77.0 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -4.7 scoring differential so far this season. James Madison also earns 37.5 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 6.3 steals per game as a team. 

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Elon scores 69.2 points per game on 41.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Elon’s leading scorer is G Marcus Sheffield II, who scores 18.6 points per game. The leading rebounder for Elon is Hunter Woods, who earns 6.1 rebounds per game. Elon allows 72.5 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -3.3 scoring differential so far this season. Elon also earns 32.6 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 4.6 steals per game as a team. 

James Madison is 8-19-1 against the spread this season and 2-8 against the spread in their last ten games. James Madison is also playing their first neutral-site game of the season. Elon is 16-11-1 against the spread this season and 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games. Elon is playing in their first neutral-site game as well.

Elon just went on the road and took down this James Madison club. This game is at a neutral-site, and I trust Elon's experience and talent to prevail by a decent margin in this game. I will take Elon and lay the bucket. 

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