Wisconsin vs. James Madison: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 22, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

AJ Storr and Terrence Edwards will be the players to watch when the Wisconsin Badgers (22-13) take on the James Madison Dukes (31-3) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Friday at 9:40 PM ET at Barclays Center. Friday’s matchup between the Badgers and the Dukes features the Badgers as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under is 144 points for the matchup.

Wisconsin vs. James Madison Betting Lines

Wisconsin vs James Madison Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Wisconsin -5.5 144 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick James Madison (+5.5)
Total Pick Over (144)

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Wisconsin vs. James Madison Stat Rankings

Wisconsin Avg. (Rank) James Madison Avg. (Rank)
75.1 (130th) Points Scored 84.4 (9th)
69.9 (108th) Points Allowed 69.2 (93rd)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
9.4 (139th) Off. Rebounds 10.2 (78th)
7.1 (218th) 3pt Made 8.8 (51st)
12.7 (209th) Assists 16.4 (24th)
9.2 (23rd) Turnovers 10.4 (99th)

Wisconsin vs. James Madison Betting Trends

  • The Badgers have 16 wins in 35 games against the spread this season.
  • As 5.5-point favorites or more, Wisconsin is 7-7-1 against the spread.
  • There have been 22 Badgers games (out of 35) that went over the total this season.
  • Wisconsin’s games have finished with more than 144 points 19 times so far this year.
  • The over/under in this matchup is 144 points, and that’s 1.0 less than the average total in this season’s Badgers contests.
  • James Madison’s record against the spread is 18-14-1.
  • The Dukes are yet to lose ATS (1-0) as a 5.5-point underdog or more this year.
  • This year, 22 of Wisconsin’s 35 games have gone over the point total.
  • Dukes games have finished with over 144 points scored 24 times this season.
  • The average total points scored in James Madison’s games this year (144) is 9.5 points higher than the total for this matchup.

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Wisconsin Impact Players

  • Storr paces the Badgers at 16.9 points per game, while also putting up 0.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds.
  • Steven Crowl puts up a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per contest. In addition, he’s averaging 11.2 points and 2.1 assists, shooting 55.3% from the floor.
  • Chucky Hepburn is tops on his squad in assists per game (3.9), and also posts 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Defensively, he posts 2.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • Tyler Wahl puts up 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, shooting 54.1% from the floor.
  • Max Klesmit puts up 9.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

James Madison Impact Players

  • Edwards is the Dukes’ top scorer (17.4 points per game) and assist man (3.4), and contributes 4.4 rebounds.
  • T.J Bickerstaff is the Dukes’ top rebounder (8.5 per game), and he delivers 13.4 points and 1.7 assists.
  • Noah Freidel gives the Dukes 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He also delivers 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocked shots.
  • Julien Wooden is averaging 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest, making 51.9% of his shots from the field and 41.2% from 3-point range, with 1.4 triples per contest.
  • Xavier Brown is putting up 6.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest, making 35.3% of his shots from the field and 35.3% from 3-point range, with 1.2 triples per game.

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