James Madison (16-12) at Northeastern (17-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (5,066) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: Comcast Sports. Home Record: JMU 10-3, NU 6-7. Away Record: JMU 3-8, NU 9-2. Neutral Record: JMU 3-1, NU 2-1. Conference Record: JMU 10-5, NU 12-3. Series Record: NU leads 10-3.
GAME NOTES: On Wednesday night two of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association will hit the hardwood as the Northeastern Huskies play host to the James Madison Dukes at the Matthews Arena.
James Madison has won two in a row after taking down Delaware, 72-71, in Newark last Sunday. It was the third win in four games for the Dukes and gave them the season sweep of the Blue Hens. UD was in second place before the loss which allowed JMU to join Towson in a two-way tie for second in the CAA, two games behind Northeastern.
The Huskies are trying to climb out of a current two-game slump. Most recently they suffered a 73-63 loss at UNC-Wilmington. With a win over the Dukes, Northeastern will clinch at least a share of the regular season CAA title for the first time since joining the conference in the 2005-06 season.
Northeastern leads the all-time series between these squads 10-3 and had won eight of the last 10 bouts. The last meeting came in January of last season where the Huskies took a 68-56 win. The last time the Dukes defeated NU came in early January of 2011.
The Dukes defeated the Blue Hens with a last-second score by Andre Nation on a Devon Moore assist. The basket awarded Nation his only points for the night but gave Moore his sixth assist to go with 19 points. Rayshawn Goins put together a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, going 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. A.J. Harris made good on four 3-pointers, scoring 16 points off the bench. Goins is the only Duke to start all 27 games this season. He averages 13.8 ppg with 7.8 rpg, leading JMU in both statistics. Moore adds 11.3 ppg, shooting 48.8 percent from the floor. While the team scores just 65.0 ppg, it holds opponents to 64.6 ppg. The Dukes struggle from the field, shooting just 41.6 percent.
In the loss to the Seahawks, Quincy Ford supplied 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 9-of-11 from the field and knocking down three 3-pointers. Jonathan Lee added 13 points and five steals but shot just 5-of-13 from the field. No other Husky scored in double figures as the squad shot 42.6 percent from the floor and 26.9 percent from beyond the arc. Joel Smith, NU's top scorer this season, went 0-of-5 from the field and scored no points. Smith averages 16.3 ppg on 48.6 percent shooting from the floor this season, while hitting on 41.9 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Lee scores 13.8 ppg, Ford adds 13.3 ppg, and Reggie Spencer contributes 10.3 ppg and 6.4 ppg on 52.6 percent shooting from the floor.
While the Huskies strangely do not play their best at home, racking up a 6-7 record in 13 games, JMU struggles in away competition and is just 3-8 this season. With Smith coming off a poor performance last game for NU he will be looking to make a statement in this one to help his team clinch a part of the CAA regular season championship.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northeastern 68, James Madison 65
02/20 11:04:31 ET