James Madison (11-10) at UNC-Wilmington (8-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 28, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Trask Coliseum (6,100) -- Wilmington, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: JMU 7-2, UNCW 7-1. Away Record: JMU 1-7, UNCW 1-10. Neutral Record: JMU 3-1, UNCW 0-0. Conference Record: JMU 5-3, UNCW 3-4. Series Record: UNC-Wilmington leads, 33-30.
GAME NOTES: With both squads coming off wins, the James Madison Dukes and the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks will try to build momentum on Monday night in a Colonial Athletic Association bout at Trask Coliseum.
Although JMU's season has been a rather up-and-down one, it has been playing its best basketball in recent weeks, winning four of its last six to improve to 11-10 overall and 5-3 in the CAA. The Dukes have won back-to-back games at home, most recently downing Old Dominion on Saturday (56-46), but they have not fared well on the road (1-7).
UNCW (8-11, 3-4 CAA) too has been on the upswing of late. After a disappointing 5-10 start to the season, it has won three of its last four, including a 57-51 triumph at Hofstra on Saturday afternoon. It was the Seahawks' first road win of the season, as most of their success has come at Trask Coliseum, where they have won seven of eight this season.
UNCW owns a 33-30 advantage in the all-time series with JMU, but the Dukes came out victorious in the first meeting this year, winning 78-50 in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Jan. 9.
James Madison didn't have its best offensive performance of the season on Saturday, shooting less than 41 percent from the floor (including 3-of-13 from 3-point range), but it was fortunate enough to be playing last-place Old Dominion, which made just 16-of-50 from the floor (.320). Andre Nation tallied 14 points and eight rebounds, while Ron Curry (14 points) and Devon Moore (10 points) were also integral parts to the victory. On the season, the Dukes actually surrender more points to their opponents (65.0 ppg) than they score (64.6 ppg), but they are aided by the CAA's second-best turnover margin (+1.9). Rayshawn Goins is the only JMU player to have started all 21 games, making his presence felt with 13.9 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Devon Moore (10.1 ppg) shoots an efficient 47.2 percent in the backcourt, while adding 4.3 apg and 1.4 spg. Nation brings 9.1 ppg and 1.4 bpg to the mix.
The Seahawks shot just 27.3 percent from the floor in the first half against Hofstra as they were down by five points at halftime, but their field goal efficiency improved to 45.5 percent after the break and they overtook the Pride for the six-point win. Chris Dixon hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, while piling up eight rebounds and five assists. Tanner Milson was also on fire from long range (5-of-7) on his way to 17 points, and Keith Rendleman chipped in 11 points. Despite its strong play of late, UNCW has not had the season it has hoped for on the scoreboard, ranking in the bottom-third of the league in both scoring offense (61.6 ppg) and scoring defense (68.5 ppg). Rendleman is one of the league's most imposing forwards, tallying 15.6 ppg and 10.3 rpg, while showing up at the defensive end as well with 1.8 spg and 1.3 bpg. Dixon nets 9.2 ppg, but that number has shot up to 21.5 ppg over the last four contests.
Of the two, JMU has been the more impressive team this season, but considering its struggles on the road and UNCW's success at home, the Seahawks appear to have the edge to keep their hot streak alive.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UNC-Wilmington 66, James Madison 64
01/28 10:30:57 ET