James Madison (15-12) at Delaware (14-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: CSN-PHI, NW, TCN, CSS. Home Record: JMU 10-3, Delaware 7-3. Away Record: JMU 2-8, Delaware 6-7. Neutral Record: JMU 3-1, Delaware 1-2. Conference Record: JMU 9-5, Delaware 9-4. Series Record: Delaware leads, 12-6.
GAME NOTES: Riding a three-game win streak, the Delaware Blue Hens are set to host the James Madison Dukes in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Bob Carpenter Center on Sunday night.
Delaware has ripped off six wins in the last seven outings and is now 9-4 in conference play, which still has the Blue Hens within striking distance of first-place Northeastern. On Wednesday night, the Hens played their second overtime game of the season and this time picked up a 76-74 victory versus the aforementioned Huskies on the road in order to split the season series.
The Dukes are right behind Delaware in the CAA standings, sporting a 9-5 record at the moment. Also in action earlier this week, JMU managed to hold on to defeat Towson at home in a 75-70 final, the team's second win in the last three contests.
The Dukes won the first meeting of the season at home last month, 64-50, which means the all-time series now stands at 12-6 in favor of Delaware.
A.J. Davis scored 17 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Dukes captured a five-point win over the Towson Tigers in CAA action at the Convocation Center earlier in the week. Also having a strong game for the Dukes was Devon Moore who recorded a double-double with 13 points and a game- high 10 assists, while Andre Nation accounted for 14 points and Rayshawn Goins finished with 12 points and eight boards
Goins currently leads the program in both scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg), followed by Moore with another 11.0 ppg and a team-best 122 assists which have gone a long way in keeping his teammates involved in the action at the offensive end of the floor. The loss of Andrey Semenov (10.0 ppg) to an ankle injury has limited the team's production and now the squad is scoring just 64.8 ppg.
Delaware trailed by as many as five points in overtime versus the Huskies, but the Hens turned to Jarvis Threatt who knocked down a pair of free throws with just over a minute remaining and then hit the game-winning 3-pointer with a little more than 10 seconds left to give the team the narrow win on the road. Threatt accounted for 20 points and six rebounds, followed by Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins with 18 and 17 points, respectively, the latter adding nine boards and four blocked shots for good measure.
Saddler, who had led the team in scoring in five straight games before the meeting with Northeastern, is still the top man in that department overall with his 19.5 ppg, making him one of the most productive scorers in the CAA at the moment as well. Threatt checks in with another 12.5 ppg and has combined with Saddler to hand out 146 of the team's 257 assists. Hagins is averaging a double-double with 12.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest to give the squad a solid presence in the paint.
James Madison has been awful when playing in true road games this season, winning just twice in 10 opportunities, so that should be more than enough to put your faith in the Blue Hens in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 72, James Madison 63
02/17 10:33:06 ET