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Dukes open as college hoops underdog vs Cavaliers

James Madison DukesVirginia Cavaliers
21-15November 08, 2013, 07:00 | John Paul Jones Arena23-12

John Paul Jones Arena will host Virginia Cavaliers vs. James Madison Dukes action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Cavaliers are 23-12 so far on the season, and 18-14-1 ATS vs. the number. The Dukes, meanwhile, are 21-15 and 23-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Virginia go 14-14 and the Dukes go 11-16 on the totals.

View James Madison Dukes vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Cavaliers as -26-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 113-rated Cavaliers and the No. 79-ranked Dukes, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

James Madison was an 83-62 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Indiana. They covered the 21.5-point spread as underdogs. James Madison was crushed on Friday, getting blown out by Indiana and falling by an 83-62 score at Dayton Arena.

Last time out for Virginia, they were a 75-64 loser as they battled Iowa at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. Justin Anderson scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Cavaliers to a win (they lost 75-64 to Iowa at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Virginia's No. 196-rated squad against James Madison's No. 183-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Virginia rates No. 125 in the country with 6.09 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 150 nationally with 5.86 per match.

A few Dukes at Cavaliers trends to consider:
James Madison is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
James Madison is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of James Madison's last 10 games
James Madison is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 7 games
Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Virginia is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
James Madison at Northern Illinois, Friday, November 15th
Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth, Tuesday, November 12th