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NCAAB Game Preview - Dukes underdogs vs Rams at Virginia Commonwealth

James Madison DukesVirginia Commonwealth Rams
Jan 12, 6:00 PM | Siegel Center

James Madison Dukes vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds


Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for James Madison when they take on the Rams on Thursday in college hoops betting action.

Supporters of the Dukes have watched them go 8-7 and 5-8 ATS on the year, while the Rams are at 11-5 and 8-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Rams are 8-7, while the Dukes have a 3-9-1 mark.

View James Madison vs Virginia Commonwealth Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Dukes listed as 15-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Rams - Dukes odds would favor the Rams if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Virginia Commonwealth is rated No. 143 in the current Odds Shark poll, while James Madison is at No. 313. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-65 win for the Rams.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Virginia Commonwealth's No. 175-ranked scoring average of 68.6 PPG, against a Dukes defense rated No. 210 and allowing 68.6 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 40.9% to date this season, less than the Dukes shooters have managed so far (42.2% per game).

Defensively, James Madison features the nation's No. 136-rated defense on the road, allowing 69 points per game. Virginia Commonwealth, meanwhile, comes in at No. 271 nationally in scoring at home.

James Madison won its last outing, a 74-67 result against Hampton on January 9. The Dukes got 21 points from A.J. Davis as James Madison ran past Hampton 74-67 on Monday at JMU Center.

Virginia Commonwealth was a 64-58 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Drexel. They failed to cover the 1–point spread as favorites. Bradford Burgess scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Rams to a win (they lost 64-58 to Drexel at John A. Daskalakis Center on Sunday).

James Madison Dukes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing George Mason are 5-5
After playing Hampton are 0-2
After a win are 4-6

Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Delaware are 7-3
After playing Drexel are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Dukes at Rams trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of James Madison's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of James Madison's last 7 games when playing on the road against Virginia Commonwe
James Madison is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
James Madison is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Virginia Commonwe
Virginia Commonwealth is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against James Madison
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Virginia Commonwealth is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 5 games at home

Next up:
James Madison home to George Mason, Saturday, January 14
Virginia Commonwealth at Delaware, Saturday, January 14