James Madison Dukes vs. East Carolina Pirates
Where and when: Williams Arena, Greenville, North Carolina, Friday night, 7:45 pm EST
The James Madison Dukes, after wining their opener, will travel to Williams Arena in Greenville, North Carolina, to face the undefeated East Carolina Pirates on Friday night at 7:45 pm EST. The Dukes scored a blowout win versus the East Mennonite Royals by a score of 86-58 score as they outscored the Royals 48-27 in the first half while cruising to victory in the second.
The East Carolina Pirates, at home versus the Delaware State Hornets, picked up the 81-56 win as Isaac Fleming (12 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals) along with Tae Hardy (11 points) paced the team in points while allowing just 33% shooting from the floor to the Hornets. Both teams will certainly look to extend their momentum to begin the season.
Dukes possesses a balanced attack in win
James Madison jumped out on the Royals of East Mennonite on Tuesday night as they shot 49% for the game while four starters scored in double figures as Darius Banks led with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, along with 7 steals for the game while Matt Lewis and Stuckey Mosley chipped in 15 points apiece in the win. Finally, Greg Jones went six for seven with 14 points and six boards for the game as the Dukes began the season on a winning note.
— JMU Men's Basketball (@JMUMBasketball) November 7, 2018
Neither team shot well from three-point range as the Royals shot only 22% for the night while the Dukes were 28% (7 for 25) for the game. James Madison will certainly want to continue the intensity within their perimeter defense as their next opponent in the Pirates made 9 three points attempts in their first game of the season as will look to continue the momentum.
Pirates obtain a big win in opener
After a 10-20 record last season, the East Carolina Pirates began their 2018-19 campaign on a winning note as well as they were huge winners over the Hornets of Delaware State in their first outing of the season on Tuesday night. The Pirates were red-hot from the three-point line as they hit seven of 15 for the night as reserves KJ Davis, Deshaun Wade, along with Justin Whately (10 points) pumped in all seven long balls for East Carolina in the win.
— ECU Men’s Basketball (@ecubasketball) November 7, 2018
Isaac Fleming along with Seth Leday, another reserve, both paced the team with twelve points each while Tae Hardy chipped in eleven points for ECU. They now look to continue their hot shooting from the three-point line versus a James Madison team that only allows 22% shooting from long range thus far in the season.
- Over is 12-5 in ECU last 17 overall.
- JMU is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 6-2 in JMU last 8 non-conference games.
- JMU is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
After an early exit from the CAA Tournament last year at the hands of Drexel, the Dukes will be looking for a much better campaign this year. They have a balanced attack this year which will certainly play to their advantage in 2018. So, with contributions from all starters, look for them to pull off a win versus a Pirates team that survived their first game largely due to the shooting of their reserves. In all, look for James Madison to pull out a slim victory in their first road game of the season.
Prediction: Pick: James Madison -180
Full-Game Total Pick
I would not bet on the reserves to have such a great night as they had in the opener for East Carolina. With that being said, look for the Dukes along with the Pirates, who each allow under 60 points per game, to carry their defensive momentum into this matchup on Friday night. With that, expect the under to be the strong play between these squads on Friday night.
Prediction: Pick: Under 140.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Dukes will come into their first road game of the season focused on having another stellar performance versus an East Carolina team that had a huge day from their bench in opening night on Tuesday. In all, look for this game to be controlled by the Dukes throughout as they possess the experience and talent that will allow them to go into Greenville and get a victory. Of course, the four points will also be covered by the road team as well.
Prediction: Pick: James Madison Dukes -4
Half-Time Side Pick
Look for the Dukes to come out solid in this matchup on both ends of the court as their offense will be clicking while their defense will perform well versus a starting lineup that had troubles with accuracy in their opener. It is for this reason that I will back the road team as they will certainly go into the half with an advantage in the scoring department.
Prediction: Pick: James Madison Dukes -2.5
Half-Time Total Bet
As stated, the Dukes will indeed put some points on the board in the first half. On the other hand, their defense will also perform well on a Pirates team that struggled at various points in their prior matchup despite getting the victory. In all, look for this to be defensive minded game in the first half with the Dukes taking advantage of their opportunities much more than East Carolina.
Prediction: Pick: Under 66.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Again, I will back the Dukes not only for the game itself, but, they will also play well during the first half while cashing in on the moneyline at the break. As stated, James Madison is on a mission this year, and a win over East Carolina can certainly build their confidence. In all, look for the visitors to not only have a great start to this contest, but to win outright after the second quarter has concluded.
Prediction: Pick: James Madison Dukes -180