James Madison vs Duke Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/24/24

Duke (25-8) vs James Madison (31-3)

Game Info: Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 5:15 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: Duke -7.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The James Madison Dukes and the Duke Blue Devils will meet in the South Region’s Round of 32 this Sunday 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 an JMU vs. Duke Prediction.

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

James Madison Preview: Can the Dukes Join the Likes of VCU, Lehigh, and Mercer?

JMU enters at 32-3 after defeating Wisconsin in the Round of 64, 72-61. The Dukes used a physical effort to beat the Badgers, and they’ll seek another upset here against the Blue Devils. JMU is scoring 84.0 points per game, on 47.0% shooting, while allowing 68.9 ppg, and they’re 10-0 over their last ten games. 

JMU Team Profile

  • Junior swingman Terrence Edwards Jr. went for a team-high 14 points in the win over Wisconsin, and he leads Madison in scoring (17.2) and assists (3.4), while grabbing 4.4 rpg. 
  • Boston College transfer T.J. Bickerstaff flirted with a double-double against the Badgers, and he’s up to 13.6 ppg and a team-leading 8.6 rpg. 
  • Senior guard Noah Freidel has knocked down multiple threes in five straight games, and he’s averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
  • Junior forward Ian Schieffelin has posted a double-double in four of the last six games, and he leads the Tigers in rebounding (9.6), while scoring 9.7 ppg.  

Duke Preview: Will the Blue Devils Avoid Being Sent Home Early?

Duke comes in at 25-8 after defeating Vermont in the Round of 64, 64-47. The Blue Devils bottled up the Catamounts for 40 minutes, and they’ll look to smother the Dukes the same way this Sunday. Duke is scoring 79.4 points per game, on 48% shooting, while allowing 66.8 ppg, and they’re 7-3 over their previous ten games. Those defeats came to Wake Forest, North Carolina, and NC State.

Duke Team Profile

  • Sophomore center Kyle Filipowski posted a 28-point double-double in the loss to North Carolina State, and he leads Duke in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (8.2).
  • Veteran guard Jeremy Roach is due for a strong outing soon after his recent struggles, and he remains second on the team at 14.3 ppg and 3.1 apg.
  • Freshman guard Jared McCain led the way with 15 points in the win over Vermont, and he’s averaging 13.7 ppg and 5.0 rpg. 
  • Kansas City native Mark Mitchell matched his energy with 15 points versus the Catamounts, and he’s up to 12.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg.  

Duke Blue Devils Team Facts

  • Duke has won nine of its last 10 night games against non-AP-ranked opponents.
  • Each of Duke's last 11 games against non-Conference opponents at neutral venues have produced a total of 148 or fewer points.
  • Duke has won the first half in 13 of its last 14 games against non-AP-ranked opponents.

James Madison Dukes Team Facts

  • James Madison has won each of its last 14 games.
  • Eight of James Madison's last nine games against AP-ranked opponents have produced a total of 145 or fewer points.
  • James Madison has won the first half in each of its last 12 night games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Duke ranks T11th among Division 1 teams for point differential per game this season (+13.0).
  • Duke ranks 11th among Division 1 teams for offensive rating this season (119.6).
  • James Madison ranks 4th among Division 1 teams for opponent three-point percentage this season (28.8%).
  • James Madison ranks 5th among Division 1 teams for opponent assist to turnover ratio this season (0.70).

James Madison vs Duke Prediction: Spread 

This Dukes vs Duke matchup puts me in a compromising spot, as I’m a lifelong Blue Devils fan, but I’ve enjoyed so many memories in Harrisonburg. I want to see JMU make history and reach their first Sweet 16 ever, but on the other end, this puts the villains from Durham in a manageable spot to advance. James Madison came out intense for their battle with Wisconsin, and while we may see the same energy from them, that effort may get matched by Duke. The Blue Devils have gained a defensive identity under head coach Jon Scheyer, and with the entire team feeling the heat of upset here, we should see a focused group come out this at Barclays. I’d respect JMU’s winning ways here, and tilt the margin in Duke’s favor for this Round of 32 battle.  

James Madison vs Duke Prediction: Total 

JMU’s scrappy effort on Friday shouldn’t be ignored, and we’ll likely see a similar fight from them here against a defensive-minded Duke team. The Blue Devils have leaned on their defense all season, and with the Dukes coming in hot, that side of the ball has to affect the scoreboard. A blowout may ruin it, but I see both sides fighting through the first 30 minutes at least, and the Under will be in play for the JMU/Duke matchup this Sunday. 

Corey’s Pick Duke TO COVER

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