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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: JMU Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: CSN. Home Record: Delaware 4-3, JMU 5-2. Away Record: Delaware 3-5, JMU 1-7. Neutral Record: Delaware 1-2, JMU 3-1. Conference Record: Delaware 3-2, JMU 3-3. Series Record: Delaware leads, 12-5.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens are set to hit the road for a Colonial Athletic Association bout with the James Madison Dukes on Wednesday.
Delaware leads the all-time series with James Madison, 12-5, and the Blue Hens have won six of the nine meetings in Harrisonburg.
The Blue Hens lost their second straight game on Saturday, falling 74-70 to Northeastern at home. Delaware is 8-10 on the season and just 3-5 on the road, although it has won its last six CAA road games. With the recent emergence of Jarvis Threatt, the team has a deadly scoring combo in the backcourt. Threatt scored a season-best 21 points and dished out a career-high seven assists in the loss to the Huskies. He has reached double figures in eight straight games and averaged 16.8 ppg during that stretch. Threatt is playing well alongside Devon Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring with 19.7 ppg. Inside, 6-foot-9 Jamelle Hagins contributes a double-double average of 12.6 points and 11.7 boards per tilt.
Delaware's sub-.500 record comes because of its poor scoring defense (70.1 ppg) in addition to its brutal non-conference schedule that included losses to Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Temple and Villanova. The Blue Hens lead the league in scoring offense (69.3 ppg) and their propensity to fill it up was on display versus Northeastern as they hit 53.1 percent of their field goal attempts. The Huskies shot 49.1 percent, but their 10-of-15 clip from beyond the arc buried UD.
The Dukes are also coming in on a two-game slide after their 73-47 setback at Towson on Saturday. Despite the recent skid, JMU has been solid at home in its recent appearances at the Convocation Center, winning five of six with the only loss coming in overtime to Richmond. Matt Brady's squad is in the middle of the pack in the CAA in both scoring (65.1) and scoring defense (66.8), but it is dead last in rebounding margin (-3.4).
Senior forward Rayshawn Goins had scored 13 points or more in nine straight contests before being stifled in the Dukes' lopsided loss to the Tigers. Goins went 1-of-10 from the floor for just four points to go along with six boards, well below his team-leading marks of 14.3 points and 7.5 boards per tilt. Senior guard Devon Moore is was also quiet versus Towson, which can not continue to happen with senior forward Andrey Semenov out with an ankle injury.
Delaware's recent slump is nowhere near as drastic as JMU's. The Blue Hens lost to two of the three teams ahead of them in the CAA standings during their slide and came up just short both times. James Madison's return home will have to give it a massive lift to help it avoid a third consecutive setback.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 73, James Madison 64
01/23 10:34:35 ET
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