Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play January 11th


#770 JAMES MADISON (-12′) over South Alabama at 7 PM EST
Off that surprising 10-point road loss at Southern Miss, James Madison will have no trouble picking up its 15th straight up win of the season when South Alabama comes to town. The Jaguars stumble into this contest off back-to-back SU and ATS home losses to the Mountaineers and Panthers, and this trip to Harrisonburg won’t be an easy one for head coach Richie Riley and his boys.

If the blemish to the Golden Eagles won’t have the Dukes fired up, then the memory of their two SU and ATS losses against the Jags last season will have JMU focused on the task at hand. When priced as a favorite of -15 or less, head coach Mark Byington and his crew have been worth the financial risk posting a proud 22-7 SU and 19-10 ATS record. In this situation running the court against an opponent that holds a team won/loss percentage of .501 or better, James Madison improves to a rewarding 12-2 SU and 11-3 ATS. Also, when coming off a double-digit straight up loss and fighting a foe that arrives without confidence off a straight up blemish, the Dukes own a reliable 28-18-1 ATS tally including a lucrative 14-2-1 ATS provided their opponent checks in with four or more days of rest.

This is going to be a difficult setting for the Jags. For starters, when stepping up in class and facing a foe that owns a team won/loss percentage of .750 or better, South Alabama owns a feeble 13-50 SU and 24-36 ATS mark. In this situation holding a team won/loss percentage of .501 or better, Coach Riley’s squad falls to a woeful 10-29 SU and 11-25 ATS. With those two parameters live and USA fighting a conference foe, this team trend falls to a miserable 2-12 SU and 3-11 ATS. Also, as a conference guest, the Jaguars hold a soft 5-10 SU and 6-9 ATS record in their last 15 games.

Packing a high-octane offense that is ranked fifth in the country averaging 88.8 points per game, the Dukes will have no trouble extending the margin against a USA stop unit that surrenders and average of 75.7 points per game. Take James Madison. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


The TSPC swept the board last night cashing with Dan’s 4* on Mississippi State and Tom’s 4* on Bradley and Trey takes over with one more selection that will bring home the cash. Outstanding home versus road dichotomy supports this selection along with an elite 38-18 ATS angle. Grab Trey’s CBB Private Players Conference Game of the Month for $30.