NCAA Basketball Picks: JMU vs. Indiana

Jeff Grant

Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:06 PM GMT

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 6:06 PM GMT

The Indiana Hoosiers have covered the number in 11 of 16 games as a double-digit favorite heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament, as they take on the James Madison Dukes Friday.


Let’s take a closer look at the College basketball odds for this second-round matchup in the East Region, with the opening tip scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET at the Dayton Arena on TBS. 

[gameodds]14/225220/43/us[/gameodds]

Duke(s) it out 

James Madison captured its first Big Dance victory in 30 years Wednesday night, as it picked up a 68-55 win over LIU Brooklyn in the opening round.  The Dukes were in control from the opening tip despite leading scorer Rayshawn Goins being suspended for the first half due to an arrest days prior. 

The Dukes are 6-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last six neutral-site contests, while the UNDER is 6-1-1 in that situation. 

Power conference 

Indiana captured the Big Ten regular season championship, which was an impressive feat, considering that nearly every college basketball expert considered it to be the top conference in the nation during the 2012-13 season. 

The Hoosiers were last seen on the court dropping a 68-56 decision to the Wisconsin Badgers as six-point neutral-site favorites in the semifinal round of the conference championship last Saturday at the United Center. 

Veteran group 

College basketball handicappers may be interested in backing the Dukes as double-digit underdogs in this affair, as their roster has six seniors, with five of those players being of the fifth-year variety. 

That particular group accounted for 75 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, which led to its automatic berth into the field of 68.

Key trend

With no point spread available on the SBR Odds page early Thursday morning, it’s important to keep an eye on the number that’s released, as Big Ten Conference teams are 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 opportunities as favorites of 22 or more points in their opening round affairs.

Indiana went 11-5 against the spread as double-digit favorites when picking up a win—covering the number by an average of 10.3 points in those spread victories.

Let SBR be your 2013 NCAA Tournament betting headquarters.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hoosiers as one of their NCAA Basketball picks Friday, as they rank third nationally in outscoring opponents by an average of 17.5 points per game.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Indiana -21.5 at 5Dimes

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