James Madison vs Wisconsin Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/22/24

Wisconsin (19-12) vs James Madison (30-3)

Game Info: Friday, March 22, 2024 at 9:40 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: Wisconsin -5.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The James Madison Dukes and the Wisconsin Badgers will meet in the 1st Round of the South Region this Friday in Brooklyn at the Barclays Arena on CBS. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here's a JMU vs. Wisconsin Prediction.

  • JMU’s recent form and recent player performance 
  • Wisconsin’s recent form and recent player performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving JMU
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Wisconsin
  • Recent betting trends in games played between James Madison vs Wisconsin 
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between JMU vs Wisconsin.

James Madison Preview: Dukes Eyeing a Historical Victory

JMU enters at 31-3 after defeating Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Championship, 91-71. The Dukes completed the mission with their 13th straight win, and they’ll look to bring that momentum over to the Barclays.  JMU is scoring 84.2 points per game, on 47.6% shooting, while allowing 64.0 ppg, and they’re 10-0 over their last ten games. 

JMU Team Profile

  • Junior swingman Terrence Edwards Jr. went for a game-high 25 points in App State matchup, and he leads Madison in scoring (17.0), while grabbing 4.9 rpg. 
  • Boston College transfer T.J. Bickerstaff has grabbed double digit rebounds in seven of the last nine games, and he’s up to 13.9 ppg and a team-leading 9.2 rpg. 
  • Senior guard Noah Freidel has scored 14 points or more in three straight contests, and he’s up averaging 11.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

Wisconsin Preview: Badgers Looking to Build on Strong Conference Tourney

Wisconsin comes in at 21-13 after losing to Illinois in the Big Ten Championship, 93-87. The Badgers let the Fighting Illini pull away late, and they’ll look to get back to their winnings here against the Dukes. Wisconsin is scoring 75.5 points per game, on 47.1% shooting, while allowing 67.8 ppg, and they’re 5-5 over their last ten games. 

Wisconsin Team Profile

  • St. John’s transfer AJ Storr leads Wisconsin in scoring (16.4). 
  • Junior forward Steven Crowl tied a season-high with 13 boards in the Nebraska defeat, and he leads the Badgers in boards (7.6), while scoring 11.2 ppg. 
  • Veteran forward Tyler Wahl went for a team-high 20 points in the Purdue matchup, and he’s second on the team at 11.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. 

James Madison Dukes Team Facts

  • JMU has hit the 1H Game Total Under in 14 of their last 22 games

Wisconsin Badgers Team Facts

  • WIS has hit the Team Total Over in 24 of their last 37 games

James Madison vs Wisconsin Trends

  • JMU is 19-14 against the spread, with a 17-16 O/U record
  • WIS is 15-18-1 ATS, with a 23-12 over/under record.

JMU vs Wisconsin Prediction:

JMU managed to play their way into a manageable spot against an experienced Wisconsin team, and this one should come down to the latter stages of the contest. The Badgers and Dukes both carry strong defensive units, and with the total sitting a bit high for what could be a low-scoring contest, I like leaning on those here. I’d love to see JMU pull this off and extend their season to potential set up a fitting match with Duke next round, but let’s roll with the Under for this first round matchup.

Corey’s Pick JMU/WIS To Go UNDER

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