2nd of 2 Free Picks Monday

2nd of 2 Free Picks Monday

Towson vs. James Madison, 01/02/2017 19:00 EDT, Score: 44 - 64

Point Spread: -3½/-106 Towson

Sportsbook: PinnacleSports

Result: Loss

Rickenbach CBB Game #523 Monday Free Pick - Towson Tigers (-) @ James Madison Dukes @ 7 ET - What is wrong with the Dukes? They are 3-11 on the season after going 21-11 last season - another solid season under head coach Matt Brady. Therein lies the problem! Brady was surprisingly let go last season (after 8 seasons with James Madison) and his replacement, Louis Rowe, is in his first season as a head coach. The results have not been pretty and, though the Dukes are off of back to back back wins, they truly haven't "turned the corner" just yet. The reason James Madison has won two straight after a 1-11 start is because they played an out-classed Eastern Mennonite team and then shot "lights out" against Drexel. Every team has a hot shooting night once in awhile but the long-term numbers tell the "full story" with the Dukes. James Madison had been held under 41.8% from the field in 7 of their first 12 games this season. The Dukes defense is also a concern as they are allowing 43.4% on the season while Towson is allowing only 39.8% from the field. We are getting some line value here because the Tigers are 0-4 ATS (and 1-3 SU) in their last 4 meetings with the Dukes. The fact is Towson has the upper hand now with a huge coaching edge, Pat Skerry in his 6th season with the Tigers, and they'll be looking to make up for past struggles at James Madison. Simply put, the Dukes are still in a state of flux after the coaching change. Look for James Madison to drop to 1-8 ATS as an underdog this season while the Tigers improve to 14-6 ATS when playing with one day or less of rest. Free Pick on TOWSON early Monday evening. Best of luck, Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach

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