James Madison (18-14) vs. Delaware (19-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 10, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Richmond Coliseum (11,200) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: JMU 10-4, Delaware 9-4. Away Record: JMU 4-9, Delaware 8-7. Neutral Record: JMU 4-1, Delaware 2-2. Conference Record: JMU 11-7, Delaware 13-5. Series Record: Delaware, 12-7.
GAMES NOTES: The third-seeded James Madison Dukes and the second-seeded Delaware Blue Hens will meet up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinals on Sunday at Richmond Coliseum.
Led by 20 points from A.J. Davis and Devon Moore the Dukes were able to get past William & Mary, 72-67, in Saturday's quarterfinals. The win was the second straight for the Dukes with the other also against the Tribe, 69-67) in the regular season finale. The Dukes are looking to punch their ticket to the conference finals for the first time since 1997.
Delaware collected a 62-57 win over Hofstra in its semifinal matchup. Devon Saddler dropped in 22 points in the contest and Jamelle Hagins had a double- double with 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Hens who are riding a five- game winning streak who are trying to reach the conference finals for the first time.
Andre Nation slammed home a game-winner with a second left on the clock to lead James Madison to a 72-71 when these teams last met this season. The victory gave the Dukes a sweep of the Blue Hens this year though Delaware still leads the all-time series, 12-7.
In its quarterfinal victory over William & Mary the Dukes shot at a 49.1 percent rate from the floor primarily by getting the ball inside. The Dukes outscored the Tribe 40-26 in the paint and also in the second chance points (17-5) while owning a 34-23 edge on the boards.
Moore (11.6 ppg, 4.9 apg) and Davis (11.5 ppg) are just two double-figure scorers among a trio for the Dukes. Moore has shot an efficient 49 percent from the field while netting better than 40 percent from 3-point range. Moore also leads the team in assists while Davis is also an efficient shooter (.471 FG percentage). Rayshawn Goins (12.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) is the best option in the frontcourt as well as the team's leading scorer. As a team the Dukes have scraped together just a +0.4 scoring margin on the season while shooting at a less than stellar 42 percent from the field.
Jarvis Threatt also had 15 points in Delaware's win on Saturday. The Blue Hens had a 42-36 edge on the glass and outscored the Pride 22-7 from the free-throw line to make up for a game-high 16 turnovers. Delaware actually had fewer field goals than the Pride making its edge from the charity stripe crucial.
Saddler (20.3 ppg) has been no stranger to dropping big point totals as he was the CAA's leading scorer during the season. Saddler scored in double figures in every game this season and has had at least 20 in five of the last six games. Hagins (11.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg) is a force on the interior as a constant threat to hang up a double-double, of which he had 12 during the regular season. Threatt (13.2 ppg) is another capable scorer who prefers to get his points from within the 3-point arc. Delaware also owns a razor thin scoring margin (+0.1) while netting 69.3 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting.
In the regular season the Dukes simply had the Blue Hens' number. However the Blue Hens were in both of those contests and with Saddler and Hagins, they have a dangerous inside-outside combination that could power them forward.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 72, James Madison 67
03/10 10:32:55 ET