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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (6,000) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: None. Home Record: JMU 2-3, Northeastern 2-5. Away Record: JMU 3-8, Northeastern 3-6. Neutral Record: JMU 2-2, Northeastern 2-3. Conference Record: JMU 2-4, Northeastern 4-3. Series Record: Northeastern leads, 12-4.
GAME NOTES: The Northeastern Huskies and the James Madison Dukes will go head- to-head in a Colonial Athletic Association showdown at Matthews Arena on Wednesday night.
James Madison escaped with a 58-56 win over the College of Charleston in its most recent bout, ending a four-game losing streak in the process. The Dukes are still just 7-13 overall, including marks of 3-8 and 2-4 on the road and in conference play, respectively. They will return home to host William & Mary next.
Northeastern, which is 7-14 overall, is also coming off a win, as it topped Hofstra in a 70-57 final last Saturday. The Huskies had lost four of their previous five heading into that contest. They are currently 4-3 against the rest of the league, with a date against Delaware next on the schedule.
The Huskies have already notched a win over the Dukes this season, taking a 56-52 decision on Jan. 15. Northeastern has now won 12 of the 16 all-time meetings between the two clubs.
Jackson Kent came off the bench to score 17 points to lead James Madison past Charleston. The Dukes forced 13 turnovers and outscored the Cougars by slim margins from beyond the arc (18-15) and the free-throw line (16-13).
James Madison is scoring at a severely low rate this season, ranking ninth in the CAA in the category (62.2 ppg), while only shooting 41.7 percent from the floor. The Dukes do a better job on defense, limiting foes to 67.9 ppg and 42.4 percent shooting. Charles Cooke (15.1 ppg) has been the most consistent offensive performer for the team, but he has missed time recently with a sprained right ankle for which he is still listed as questionable. Ron Curry (11.6 ppg) and Andrey Semenov (10.9 ppg) are two players that are relied on to pick up the slack, but Andre Nation (17 ppg) has been the team's best scorer in only five games played.
Demetrius Pollard had quite a game for Northeastern against Hofstra, scoring 25 points, while knocking down 6-of-8 shots from beyond the arc and handing out six assists. The Huskies shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the contest and outscored the Pride in the paint, 36-28.
Northeastern is also a team that struggles to get things going offensively. The Huskies are only netting 66 ppg and shooting 43.6 percent from the floor. Like the Dukes, they have kept the opposition in range, allowing only 68.4 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting. Scott Eatherton (16.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2 bpg) has been a machine in the post for the Huskies, leading the nation in double-doubles (14) and ranking second in the CAA in rebounding. David Walker (11.6 ppg) is the only other player on the team averaging in double figures, although he is shooting at a 39.3 percent clip for the season.
Without Cooke the Dukes, who are already a poor offensive group, will be at an even greater disadvantage. Expect the Huskies to pull out a win on their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northeastern 66, James Madison 59
01/29 10:37:39 ET
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