The UNCW Seahawks (5-10, 0-2 CAA) look to snap their seven-game losing streak when they square off with the James Madison Dukes (7-6, 0-2 CAA) at Raiford G. Trask Coliseum. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2, 2020, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
James Madison Dukes at UNCW Seahawks Betting Prediction
In the Dukes’ last contest, they were topped by the Northeastern Huskies, 88-72. Northeastern’s 20.0 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over James Madison, who had a mark of 15.0. The Huskies’ mark was below their season average of 26.3, while the Dukes’ was below their season average of 25.7. James Madison’s Dwight Wilson had a good game, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Seahawks were beaten by the Drexel Dragons in their last matchup, 71-66. Drexel launched 18 three pointers, making eight of them (44.4 percent), while UNCW was just 1-6 (16.7 percent). UNCW’s Mike Okauru recorded 14 points, six rebounds and six steals in the game.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last contest, the Dukes won 104-95. The Dukes knocked down 30 of their 33 free throws (90.9 percent) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.685 vs. 0.587).
Second-chance opportunities might be scarce for UNCW in this matchup. The Seahawks are among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 233rd in offensive rebounding percentage at 26.9 percent. Meanwhile, James Madison ranks 93rd in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 74.4 percent.
James Madison Dukes vs. UNCW Seahawks Free Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – UNCW, O/U – Under
James Madison ranks 26th in three pointers attempted per game (27.4) while UNCW ranks 204th (19.9).
The Dukes rank 12th in rebounds per game (41.8) while the Seahawks rank 166th (35.1).
James Madison ranks 42nd in steals allowed per game (5.6) while UNCW ranks 135th (7.1).
The Seahawks average 13.8 assists per game, which ranks 109th in the country. The Dukes rank 171st in assists allowed per game (13.9).
James Madison blocks 4.0 opponent shots per game, which is ranked 61st in the nation. UNCW ranks 80th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
The Dukes’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.6, up from 0.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Seahawks have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (6.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.8 points per game (4.9 above their season average).