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Delaware takes on James Madison on Saturday from Harrisonburg at 8pmET. The Hens are coming off a tough double-overtime win at Towson on Thursday to keep them in fourth place in the CAA at 8-6. JMU is now in eighth place in the league at 4-9 after a win over Drexel by two at home on Thursday. Delaware won the first game at home on Jan. 17, 76-69.
In their first meeting with Towson from Newark, Delaware had a chance to win the game at the line. Ryan Allen missed two free throws with one second left and the Blue Hens fell by one. On their next meeting from Towson, the Blue Hens had a six-point lead with 16 seconds left and Eric Carter at the line. He missed both, Towson went on to make two late three-points to force overtime. Fortunately for Delaware, they won the game in the second overtime, to beat the Tigers, 78-71. Allen made up for the first game with a career-high 30 points on 8-of-21 shooting in 48 minutes. He, Darien Bryant (0-5, 4 assists) and Ithiel Horton (15pts, 4-14 FG, 3 assists) had to share ballhandling duties with point guard Kevin Anderson out due to personal reasons. The Blue Hens held the Tigers to just 32.9 percent from the field and 7-of-27 from the three-point line (25.9%). Delaware shot just 32.8 percent from the field and 37.1 percent (13-35) from beyond the arc and that turned out to be the difference.
— Delaware MBB (@DelawareMBB) February 15, 2019
Carter leads Delaware with 16.5 points per game and 10.2 rebounds (58.6% FG). The Hens are a solid offensive team, averaging 71.8 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting (37.2% 3pt), but they play at a very slow pace (327th in the nation). Defensively, they are allowing 71.1 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting (36.1% 3pt).
Winning two of three isn’t bad
James Madison had won five straight games and since then, took on some of the lesser teams in the CAA. They took advantage by beat UNCW on the road by nine on Feb. 2 and beating Drexel, 71-69 on Thursday night at home. In between, they jumped out to a strong start but fell at Towson, 66-59 last Saturday. In their win over Drexel, they led by eight with less than a minute left before the Dragons went on a late run to cut the lead to one before Darrius Banks his two free throws with 10 seconds left to seal it. Dwight Wilson had a monster game inside for the Dukes with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while leading scorer Stuckey Mosley added 15 points. JMU held Drexel to 38.2 percent shooting while making 56.6 percent of their own shots. The Dukes also committed 15 turnovers and shot just 7 of 13 from the line, which explains the close spread.
Mosley leads the Dukes with 17.3 points per game, while Wilson leads in rebounds with 7.6 and field goal percentage (57.4%). JMU averages 70.2 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting (35.6%). They allow 72.3 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting (33.8% 3pt).
James Madison is:
- 6-2 Under last 8 in series.
- 0-4-1 ATS last 5 Saturday games.
- 1-5-1 ATS last 7 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The big issue for Delaware is the loss of Anderson. That got by without him against Towson, because the Tigers don’t press. JMU can press some as they have good length and they have the size to counter Carter down low. Expect the Dukes to take advantage of that double overtime game.
Prediction: James Madison -2
Full-Game Total Pick
Delaware plays at a very slow pace and without Anderson, they’ll be even slower to avoid turnovers. Delaware is 6-2 Under their last 8 in this series. JMU has gone under in two straight and three of four games.
Prediction: Under 137.5