Both of the Colonial Athletic Association semifinal games came right down to the wire Sunday, setting the stage for a thrilling Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championship Game Monday night between No. 1 Northeastern and No. 3 James Madison.
No. 1 Northeastern trailed No. 4 George Mason by 12 at the half, but a 50-point flurry in the second half gave the conference’s top seed a 69-67 victory.
No. 3 James Madison trailed by one with four seconds to go before going to the line and hitting two clutch free throws to win 58-57 over No. 2 Delaware.
Northeastern is 10-2 SU and 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games against James Madison.
The Huskies sport records of 20-11 and 14-12 ATS heading into this battle, while the Dukes have 19-14 and 20-10 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-11-1 for the Huskies and 9-15 for the Dukes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
Watch for opening lines at 5Dimes shortly. The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Huskies rated this week at No. 239 and the Dukes sitting at No. 269. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 69-67 result in favor of the Huskies.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northeastern's No. 111 nationally ranked offense (70.1 points per game) against a Dukes defense that sits as the No. 124 at 64.6 PPG. The Huskies have been averaging 44.9% from the field, more than the Dukes have managed so far this season (41.8% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, James Madison owns the country's No. 158-rated mark, allowing 68.9 points per game on the highway. Northeastern, on the other hand, rates No. 191 in scoring at home.
In their last action, James Madison was a 58-57 winner on the road against Delaware. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Dukes grabbed a 58-57 win over the Blue Hens on Sunday, behind a 16-point effort from A.J. Davis at Richmond Coliseum.
Last time out for Northeastern, they were a 69-67 winner as they battled George Mason at home. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. Northeastern got 14 points from Jonathan Lee en route to a 69-67 victory over George Mason on Sunday at Richmond Coliseum.