The James Madison Dukes (4-0) travel to face off against the Southern Illinois Salukis (2-0) on Tuesday, November 21st. This game will be played at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun and televised on CBSS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 6:00 ET.
James Madison Dukes vs Southern Illinois Salukis
The James Madison Dukes Are Coming Off A Win
James Madison has a perfect 4-0 record in their 5th game of the season. In their previous five road games, including last year, James Madison has gone 4-1. In terms of James Madison’s performance vs. the spread, they currently stand at 3-1 entering today’s game. Taking into account the previous ten games, including those from last season, James Madison has a 6-4 record vs. the spread.
Through four games, James Madison has an over/under record of 3-0-1 with their games averaging a combined 179.5 points per game so far. When analyzing the Dukes’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 88 points per game and an over/under record of 4-0-1.
The Southern Illinois Salukis Are Coming Off A Win
Southern Illinois is getting ready for their third game of the season, coming in with a 2-0 record. In their last five home games, which includes last year, Southern Illinois has a record of 2-3. As of now, Southern Illinois holds a 2-0 record against the spread heading into today’s game. In their previous three games, the team has gone 2-0 ATS with an average scoring margin of +20.
Southern Illinois comes in with an over/under record of 1-1-0 through two games, with their games averaging a combined 142.5 points per game so far. The Salukis have an over/under record of 1-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 83 points per game.
James Madison Offense Breakdown
In their latest game, James Madison offense put up 76 points against Radford. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.5% and made 6 threes. The team’s top scorer is Terrence Edwards, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 21, while T.J Bickerstaff also carries a PPG average of 16 into the game.
|Terrence Edwards (G)||21.0||6.0||3.2|
|T.J Bickerstaff (F)||16.0||8.5||1.0|
|Julien Wooden (F)||12.8||2.5||1.5|
Southern Illinois Offense Breakdown
In contrast to their season average of 83.3 points per game, the Southern Illinois had a below average performance. They scored 71 points against Chicago State and had a field goal percentage of 44%. Xavier Johnson is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 19.7 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, AJ Ferguson brings a PPG average of 13 into the game.
|Xavier Johnson (G)||19.7||1.7||5.7|
|AJ Ferguson (G)||13.0||4.3||0.7|
|Trent Brown (G)||11.0||1.7||2.7|
James Madison Team Defense
Coming into the game, James Madison will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 85.8 points per game (194th). The James Madison defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 73 points and allowed Radford to connect on 6 threes.
Southern Illinois Team Defense
Southern Illinois’ defense has been playing well, ranking 22nd nationally, with 60.0 points allowed per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 2.3 threes per game vs. James Madison. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 15.0%.
Dukes vs Salukis Trends
- The Dukes are 4-1 ATS in their last road games and 4-1 straight-up.
- In their last ten games at home, the Salukis have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 4-6 vs. the spread. The team averaged 61 points per game in this stretch.
- The last three games that Southern Illinois was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
- Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Dukes have an overall record of 2-1 while going 1-2 against the spread.
The Salukis come in as the underdog at +5.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 147 and our model has the Dukes and Salukis finishing with a combined 142 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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