Radford vs James Madison Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23

James Madison Dukes (3-0) vs Radford Highlanders (2-2)

Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Atlantic Union Bank Center)

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The Radford Highlanders will play the James Madison Dukes in a non-conference game on Friday night at the Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Radford has won two of their last three games, while James Madison is undefeated to start the year. 

Radford Preview

The Radford Highlanders are 2-2 this season after they lost to VCU by a score of 73-50 in their last game. Radford was tied at 33 at halftime, but they were out scored 40-17 in the second half for the loss. The Highlanders shot 33.3% from the field and turned the ball over 17 times in the game. Radford’s two wins so far this season came against Marshall and Eastern Mennonite. The Highlanders are scoring 67.5 points per game with 40.5 rebounds per game and 9.8 assists per game, while allowing 67 points against per game this year. Kenyon Giles is averaging 18 points per game, 2.8 assists per game, and 1.5 rebounds per game for Radford this year. The Highlanders are shooting 42.8% from the field, 68.3% on free throws, and 30.5% on three pointers this season.

James Madison Preview

The James Madison Dukes are 3-0 this year after they defeated Howard by a score of 107-86 in their last game. James Madison scored 59 points in the first half and 48 points in the second half for the win. The Dukes shot 53.6% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. James Madison has also defeated Michigan State and Kent State to start the season. The Dukes are scoring 99.7 points per game with 42 rebounds per game and 18.7 assists per game, while giving up 90 points against per game this year. Terrence Edwards is averaging 21 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 4.0 assists per game for the Dukes. James Madison is shooting 45.8% from the field, 72% on free throws, and 42.9% on three pointers this year. 


James Madison has had a great start to their season, which was fueled by their win against Michigan State in the season opener. The Dukes are ranked #24 in the country and they are scoring almost 100 points per game, but their defense needs to improve. Radford is 2-2 to start the season and they absolutely fell apart in the second half against VCU last time out. The Highlanders did play UNC somewhat tough, as they lost 86-70. I think we are going to see a high scoring game in this matchup and I like the over here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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