Dukes open as college hoops underdog vs Blue Hens
James Madison Dukes vs Delaware Blue Hens Odds
The visiting James Madison Dukes hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Bob Carpenter Center against the Delaware Blue Hens.
Supporters of the Dukes have watched them go 15-12 and 15-9 ATS on the year, while the Blue Hens are at 14-12 and 13-10 ATS. In totals betting, the Blue Hens are 13-6, while the Dukes have a 5-13 mark.
Bettors looking to go with the Blue Hens in this one found them listed as 5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Dukes was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 130-ranked Blue Hens and the No. 263-rated Dukes in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 67-66 win for the Dukes on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Delaware's No. 135 nationally ranked offense (69 points per game) against a Dukes defense that sits as the No. 121 at 64.3 PPG. The Blue Hens have been averaging 42.4% from the field, more than the Dukes have managed so far this season (41.9% on average).
Defensively, James Madison features the nation's No. 185-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. Delaware, meanwhile, comes in at No. 139 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for James Madison, they were a 75-70 winner as they battled Towson at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. A.J. Davis scored 17 points leading the Dukes to a 75-70 victory over Towson at JMU Center on Tuesday.
In their last action, Delaware was a 76-74 winner on the road against Northeastern. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Delaware got 20 points from Jarvis Threatt en route to a 76-74 victory over Northeastern on Wednesday at Matthews Arena.
James Madison Dukes Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Northeastern are 4-6
After playing Towson are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
Delaware Blue Hens Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Drexel are 3-7
After playing Northeastern are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
A few Dukes at Blue Hens trends to consider:
James Madison is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Delaware
James Madison is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Delaware
James Madison is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Delaware is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Delaware is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Delaware's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Delaware's last 5 games when playing James Madison
James Madison at Northeastern, Wednesday, February 20
Delaware home to Drexel, Thursday, February 21