Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Dukes and Ragin' Cajuns. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Ragin' Cajuns at Cajundome in Lafayette, LA. Get ready to place your bets! The Dukes are favored in this Sun Belt conference showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 157.5 points.


The Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns +5.5

This game will be played at Cajundome at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-71 in favor of the Ragin' Cajuns.
  • Not only will Louisiana-Lafayette pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Dukes Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

As they prepare for their 14th game, James Madison remains unbeaten with a record of 13-0. In their schedule so far, James Madison has played seven away games and five games at home. James Madison enters the game with a solid ATS record of 9-3, which is above .500. In their previous five games, the team has a 4-1 record vs. the spread.

Through 13 games, James Madison has an over/under record of 7-4-1 with their games averaging a combined 161.7 points per game so far. The Dukes' last five games have finished with a combined 151 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

James Madison's offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Texas State, finishing the game with a total of 82 points. Their season average is now 91.8 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Dukes offense has been good from outside, hitting 36% of their three-pointers on an average of 25.8 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 49%.

On the defensive side, James Madison is currently hovering around the NCAA's average for points allowed, conceding an average of 72.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. Texas State, the Bobcats finished with a field goal percentage of 52% and a total of 65 points vs. James Madison.

Will the Ragin' Cajuns Win at Home?

Louisiana-Lafayette will enter today's game with a 7-6 overall record. The Ragin' Cajuns have a 1-6 record on the road this season and are 4-0 at home. Louisiana-Lafayette has a winning record against the spread, sitting at 6-5. In ATS games, the Ragin' Cajuns are 3-4 on the road and 3-1 at home.

So far, Louisiana-Lafayette's games have averaged 148.8 points per game with the average over/under line being 151.2 points. The Ragin' Cajuns' last five games have finished with a combined 141 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

In contrast to their season average of 77.1 points per game, the Louisiana-Lafayette had a below average performance. They scored 61 points against Marshall and had a field goal percentage of 32.8%. Joe Charles led the scoring for the Ragin' Cajuns, contributing 11 points. Additionally, Kobe Julien chipped in with 11 points.

On defense, Louisiana-Lafayette is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.5 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.8 threes per game vs. James Madison. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 27.0%.