Coastal Carolina vs James Madison Basketball Picks 3-1-24


The James Madison Dukes and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers meet in college basketball action from the HTC Center on Friday night. Who comes out on top in Friday’s Sun Belt tilt? Let’s dive in and find out with our James Madison vs. Coastal Carolina Prediction.

James Madison Team Preview

The James Madison Dukes come into this game looking to build on a 9-game win streak after an 84-78 win over Georgia State last time out. Terrence Edwards Jr. leads the Dukes in scoring with 17.6 PPG along with 4.4 RPG and 3.2 APG while T.J. Bickerstaff has 14 PPG with a team-high 8.5 RPG to lead the Dukes on the glass this season. Noah Friedel has 11.8 PPG with 5.6 RPG, and Julien Wooden has 10.2 PPG with 3.1 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for JMU so far this season. Michael Green III has 6.8 PPG along with 3.6 APG to lead the Dukes in the assist department up to this point in the year. As a team, James Madison is averaging 84.6 PPG on 47.8% shooting from the field, 35.7% from three and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

Coastal Carolina Team Preview

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers come into this one looking to snap a three-game losing streak after a 71-60 loss to Arkansas State last time out. Jacob Meyer leads the Chanticleers in scoring with 14.9 PPG along with 5 RPG and 2.5 APG while Ginika Ojiako has 12.6 PPG and a team-high 10.9 RPG to lead the Chanticleers on the glass, averaging a double-double per game. Kylan Blackmon has 11.7 PPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Coastal Carolina so far this season. Jon Sanders also has a team-high 2.7 APG to lead the Chanticleers in the assist department up to this point in the year. As a team, Coastal Carolina is averaging 73.7 PPG on 44.1% shooting from the field, 31.7% from three and 65.4% from the foul line this season.

James Madison vs. Coastal Carolina Prediction

I’m on James Madison here. The Dukes almost tripped up against Georgia State and have been vulnerable in some spots on the defensive end of the floor in recent weeks, but I don’t envision it being problematic here. The Chanticleers just haven’t been good enough for much of the season and I don’t think that changes all of a sudden against the best team in the conference. Give me JMU laying the wood on the road here.

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