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NCAA hoops odds preview - Delaware vs. James Madison

Delaware Blue HensJames Madison Dukes
9-7January 11, 2014, 04:00 | JMU Center6-10

The James Madison Dukes will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Delaware Blue Hens at JMU Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

James Madison battles the Blue Hens, currently sitting with a 9-7 mark (5-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-8 for the Dukes and 4-4 for the Blue Hens.

View Delaware Blue Hens vs James Madison Dukes Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -4-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

This game puts the Dukes, most recently No. 275 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Blue Hens, who rate No. 183 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Delaware was an 86-79 winner at home against Hofstra. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as favorites. Delaware got 24 points from Devon Saddler en route to an 86-79 victory over Hofstra on Wednesday at Bob Carpenter Center.

James Madison lost its last outing, a 75-61 result against College of Charleston on January 7. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Dukes endured a 75-61 loss at the hands of the Cougars on Tuesday, despite a 21-point effort from Charles Cooke at TD Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blue Hens is ranked No. 116 in NCAA hoops at 36.75 per game. Contrast that with James Madison’s No. 212 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, James Madison is the No. 203-ranked team in the country at 5.12 per game, while Delaware rates No. 34 at 7.94 per game.

A few Blue Hens at Dukes trends to consider:
Delaware is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Delaware is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Delaware is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing James Madison
Delaware is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing James Madison
James Madison is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
James Madison is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
James Madison is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games at home
James Madison is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next up:
Delaware home to William & Mary, Wednesday, January 15th
James Madison at Northeastern, Wednesday, January 15th