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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Cougars over Dukes

College of Charleston CougarsJames Madison Dukes
11-9January 25, 2014, 02:00 | JMU Center6-12

College of Charleston pays a visit to James Madison on Saturday, hoping to send the Dukes to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at JMU Center.

The Cougars will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 7-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Dukes are 5-9 ATS. College of Charleston is 8-7 against the total, while James Madison is 5-9 versus the number.

View College of Charleston Cougars vs James Madison Dukes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Dukes installed as 1-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Dukes rated this week at No. 325 and the Cougars sitting at No. 54.

College of Charleston won its last outing, a 75-70 result against UNC Wilmington on January 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. Nori Johnson scored 23 points leading the Cougars to a 75-70 victory over UNC Wilmington at TD Arena on Wednesday.

James Madison was a 78-56 loser in its last match on the road against William & Mary. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. James Madison was run off the court by the Tribe on Saturday as William & Mary routed them 78-56 at Kaplan Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up James Madison's No. 249 nationally ranked offense (62.37 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 23 at 62.9 PPG. The Dukes have been averaging 41.75% from the field, more than the Cougars have managed so far this season (41.48% on average).

A few Cougars at Dukes trends to consider:
College of Charleston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of College of Charleston's last 5 games
College of Charleston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
College of Charleston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
James Madison is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
James Madison is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
James Madison is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
James Madison is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
College of Charleston at William & Mary, Monday, January 27th
James Madison at Northeastern, Wednesday, January 29th