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The Hofstra Pride stay at home to host the James Madison Dukes in a CAA conference match-up on Saturday afternoon. The Pride were beaten badly in their previous game despite being heavy favorites to win that game.
James Madison have just pride to play forForm
The Dukes have been in awful form right through this season. They have lost their last six games on the bounce to fall dramatically to 9-19 for the season. They are positioned last in their conference standings.
The Dukes were razed by 20 points by Northeastern in their previous game. James Madison were 12-point dogs, but still couldn't cover, which will be a problematic position. Matt Lewis scored 17 points for James Madison.
They have a negative four-point differential between points scored and conceded. That is always a fair indicator of a team's struggles. They score 72 points and allow 76.3 points per game.
RECAP | Matt Lewis moved into the Dukes’ top five all-time scorers, but JMU dropped a tough one at Northeastern on Thursday.
— JMU Men's Basketball (@JMUMBasketball) February 28, 2020
Hofstra's eight-game winning streak snapsForm
The Pride's eight-game winning streak was broken in their previous game as Towson cruised to a 76-65 win in their previous game. Overall, Hofstra are 22-8 for the season, sitting at the top of the CAA standings, with a 13-4 record.
The Pride started as seven-point favorites. Not only did they not cover, they were badly beaten and bruised. Tareq Coburn led the scoring for Hofstra with 21 points, while Isaac Kante scored 20 points.
The Pride have built their season around their offensive prowess. They score an average of 76.4 points per game, which puts them 53rd nationally. They also allow under 70 points, which holds them in good stead.
— Hofstra Men's Basketball (@HofstraMBB) February 28, 2020
Hofstra Pride are: To be updated
James Madison Dukes are: To be updated
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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Pardon the pun, but Hofstra's pride would have been hurt after their previous demolition. They started off hoping to take their winning streak to nine games, but instead were battered by the better team on the night in Towson. That should be a one-off. The occasional bad night takes place for every team in every sport. They will just have to put that behind them and come out sharper against a team struggling for form.
Prediction: Hofstra Pride
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I'd suspect both teams will come out a bit tentative after their previous games. Hofstra have terrific offensive numbers, which will play a big part in the handicapping for this game too. There might be fewer possessions, and while those will be efficient, the total should be hampered drastically by a slower pace of play.