CONFERENCES COACHING CHANGES TRANSACTIONS GAMING MATCHUP CURRENT ODDS
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Drexel 5-10, JMU 4-2. Away Record: Drexel 3-3, JMU 1-5. Neutral Record: Drexel 1-2, JMU 3-1. Conference Record: Drexel 1-2, JMU 2-1. Series Record: Drexel leads, 16-4.
GAME NOTES: The James Madison Dukes try to put back-to-back wins together on Saturday afternoon, as they host the Drexel Dragons in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at the Convocation Center.
James Madison put the brakes on a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, as Rayshawn Goins went 7-of-13 from the field for a game-high 18 points, helping the Dukes coast to a 78-50 win over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks.
A.J. Davis posted a double-double for JMU with 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Andre Nation chipped in 12 points and Devon Moore dealt out eight assists for the Dukes, who won for the fifth time in their last seven tries.
Drexel, meanwhile, enters on a sour note after falling in overtime to Northeastern on Tuesday, 63-58.
Frantz Massenat paced the Dragons with a game-high 19 points, while Tavon Allen contributed 15 points and eight rebounds before picking up his fifth personal foul.
The Dragons, who hold a decided 16-4 advantage over JMU, including a win in 14 of the 18 games since the Dukes joined the CAA, had won 17 straight regular- season conference games before losing their last two.
Drexel was forced to play Northeastern without Damion Lee, who leads the team in scoring (18.1 ppg) and 3-pointers (28). He is questionable for Saturday's affair. Massenat chips in with 14.1 points per game and is second in the CAA with 4.3 assists per game. The Dragons are shooting 43 percent from the floor this year and 74 percent from the line. They have played much better defensively as of late and held the Huskies to just 38 percent shooting on Tuesday night.
Leading by 17 at the break, JMU scored the first six points of the second half and held UNCW scoreless for almost seven minutes between the first and second halves.
Through 16 games, Goins is the leading scorer for the Dukes with 15.1 ppg and is also tops with 7.9 rpg as well. Although it has been just three games, Goins has boosted his efforts against CAA opponents with 17.7 ppg and 9.7 rpg. Moore scores 10.3 points per game and has a team-high 67 assists. Davis and Nation each average 9.1 points. The team as a whole, though, has generated just 62.7 ppg and shot 39.2 percent from the floor and 31.1 percent beyond the arc in their three league contests. However, the Dukes have limited their CAA competition to a league-best 57.7 ppg. Overall, they surrender 67.8 ppg.
Drexel is already without guard Chris Fouch, it can ill-afford to lose Lee for any length of time. Still, though, it should be able to get past the Dukes with or without Lee.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 69, James Madison 65
01/12 10:40:38 ET