Maryland Terrapins vs James Madison Dukes Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Maryland Terrapins vs James Madison Dukes
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Maryland (-16)
The Maryland Terrapins (3-0) head to Atlantic Union Bank Center on Saturday where they'll take on the James Madison Dukes (2-1). Maryland opens this contest as 16-point favorites. The O/U opens at 145.5.
Maryland comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 3-0 so far this year. They are averaging 82.0 points per game (66th in college hoops) while connecting on 57.2% from the floor. The Terrapins are shooting 43.9% from downtown (25 of 57) and 83.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Maryland is grabbing 34.7 boards per game and has totaled 48 dimes this year, which is 81st in the country in terms of passing. They turn it over 11.3 times per game and as a team they are committing 15.3 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Terrapins are able to force 11.3 turnovers every game and they draw 16.0 personal fouls. The Terrapins defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 40.1% (69 of 172) and they concede 25.7 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 110th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 28 surrendered so far this year. They are giving up 26.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 50th in college basketball in opponents PPG (60.0).
The Maryland Terrapins took the court against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers and took home the win by a score of 79-61 in their last game. Maryland walked away from the game having earned a 59.6% FG percentage (31 out of 52) and made 7 out of their 19 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Terrapins converted 10 of 10 shots for a rate of 100.0%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they collected 27 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 14 assists for the game in addition to getting 4 steals and 5 blocks. Regarding defense, Maryland allowed the other team to shoot 59.6% from the floor on 31 of 52. Mount St. Mary's distributed 13 dimes and 3 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Mountaineers grabbed 19 boards (6 offensive, 13 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Mount St. Mary's ended up going 81.8% when shooting free throws by making 9 of their 11 tries. They also buried 8 of 19 shots from downtown.
Eric Ayala is a guy who was a major contributor in the game. He had 15 points on 6 out of 9 shooting. He played for 32 mins played and collected 2 boards. Ayala walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Terrapins was Aaron Wiggins. He had 4 rebounds and accumulated 2 assists. He shot 45.5% from the field for the game via 5-of-11 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Wiggins played 32 min.
James Madison has a record of 2-1 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Dukes are hitting on 42.4% from the field, which ranks them 245th in Division 1. James Madison has accounted for 229 points for the season (76.3 per game) and they pull in 35.0 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 12.3 times per contest (185th in D-1) and they turn it over 11.7 times per game. The Dukes are committing 21.0 fouls per contest and they hit 73.2% from the free throw line. The Dukes on the defensive end are ranked 99th in the country in points given up per game with 65.7. The James Madison defense allows 32.4% on shots from distance (23 of 71) and opponents are knocking down 69.7% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 11.0 dimes and 37.3 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 88th and 181st in those defensive categories. They are forcing their opponents into 20.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.4% from the field (148th in D-1).
The last time they took the court, the James Madison Dukes got the victory with a final of 67-59 against the Radford Highlanders. The Dukes earned 22 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 27 for the game. They also stuffed 2 shots while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Highlanders were called for 18 fouls in the game which took the Dukes to the charity stripe for 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In relation to shooting from downtown, James Madison converted 7 out of 21 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Dukes went 22 out of 54 from the floor which had them shooting 40.7%. The Dukes permitted the Highlanders to convert 20 out of 50 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.0% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 22.2% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 4 out of 18 and finished the game at 15 out of 26 at the free throw line (57.7%). When discussing attacking the glass, James Madison allowed Radford to grab 38 overall (11 on the offensive side).
Matt Lewis ended up having an impact for the Dukes in this contest. He made 5 of 11 for this game for a rate of 45.5%, which gave him 18 points. Lewis grabbed 10 boards in his 37 mins and tallied 2 assists in the game. One more player who saw a lot of court time for James Madison was Vado Morse. He notched 26 points in 33 minutes on the hardwood by going 8 of 19 from the floor for the game. Morse walked away from this one going 42.1% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Maryland (-16)
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