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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cardinals underdogs vs Dukes at James Madison

Ball State CardinalsJames Madison Dukes
2-7December 30, 2013, 08:00 | JMU Center4-9

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on JMU Center Monday as host James Madison looks to handle the Ball State Cardinals in NCAA hoops action.

The Cardinals will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 3-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Dukes are 4-5 ATS. Ball State is 3-4 against the total, while James Madison is 2-7 versus the number.

View Ball State Cardinals vs James Madison Dukes Odds and Stats.

The Dukes were listed as -7-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game puts the Dukes, most recently No. 312 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate No. 317 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Ball State was a 66-58 loser on the road against Southern Illinois. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Ball State got 15 points from Zavier Turner but lost anyway, 66-58, to Southern Illinois on Saturday at SIU Arena.

James Madison was a 55-49 winner in its last match at home against Hampton. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Hampton got 14 points from Brian Darden but lost anyway, 55-49, to James Madison on Saturday at Richmond Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits James Madison's No. 250-ranked offense, averaging 62.23 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 203 at 74.33 PPG. The Dukes field goal percentage has averaged 41.07% so far, more than the Cardinals marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.69% per game.

A few Cardinals at Dukes trends to consider:
Ball State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Ball State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
James Madison is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
James Madison is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games at home
James Madison is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
Ball State home to Oakland City, Friday, January 3rd
James Madison at UNC Wilmington, Saturday, January 4th