James Madison (14-11) at Drexel (9-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: The Comcast Network. Home Record: JMU 9-3, Drexel 2-7. Away Record: JMU 2-7, Drexel 6-5. Neutral Record: JMU 3-1, Drexel 1-2. Conference Record: JMU 8-4, Drexel 5-6. Series Record: Drexel leads, 16-5.
GAME NOTES: The James Madison Dukes take aim at their sixth win in seven outings as they visit the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Drexel Dragons in a Colonial Athletic Association clash at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Although the Dragons are 16-5 in history against JMU, the Dukes defeated Drexel, 51-43, in the first meeting between these teams on Jan. 12. In that contest, the score was tied at 38-all with 4:43 left in the second half before James Madison pulled away with a 10-0 run to claim a 48-38 advantage, holding Drexel scoreless for four minutes.
JMU's recent wave of success has come mostly in its own building. Although the Dukes collected a 63-56 victory from their trip to UNC Wilmington in their last road game, they are still just 2-7 in away bouts. Coach Matt Brady's unit is coming off of a 81-71 win over William & Mary that helped it rise to an 8-4 mark in CAA action, which pins it just a half-game behind Towson for second place. The Dukes managed to defeat the Tribe and exceed their scoring average of 65.0 ppg by 16 points, despite not having leading scorer Rayshawn Goins, who is questionable for Sunday with a foot injury.
With Goins absent, A.J. Davis picked up the slack going 7-of-10 from beyond the arc en route to 27 points. Devon Moore registered a double-double with 17 points and 12 assists. Andre Nation contributed 10 points and four rebounds. William & Mary was forced into 14 turnovers which JMU converted into 25 points. The Dukes managed to win by a double-digit margin despite allowing the Tribe to hit on 14-of-27 from 3-point range.
Drexel will look to take advantage of JMU's poor perimeter defense as well, as it comes in with similar 3-point shooting statistics. Coach Bruiser Flint's Dragons are currently on a fall with three losses in their last four appearances, the most recent of which being a 78-66 setback to Old Dominion, which came into the contest with an 0-11 CAA record. The loss dropped Drexel to a seventh best 5-6 mark in league play.
Sophomore guard Damion Lee has turned in a tremendous campaign so far after being the CAA's Rookie of the Year in 2011-12. Lee is scoring 17.2 ppg on 42 percent shooting from the floor to place fifth in the CAA scoring title race. Point guard Frantz Massenat is adding 14.0 points and 4.3 assists per tilt to the mix while Daryl McCoy paces the team on the glass with 8.2 rebounds a game. Lee was bottled up by ODU in his last outing, as he finished the game 0- of-6 from the floor and without a single point for the first time in his career. Despite owning the CAA's lowest scoring defense with only 63.4 points allowed per game, Drexel allowed ODU to shoot 47.3 percent from the floor and drain 8-of-16 from long distance.
The Dragons need a win in this one as they host a team that struggles on the road. JMU has a very young rotation that features three freshman starters. The rookies will have a chance to prove their maturity as they face a feisty Drexel team in the lively DAC.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: James Madison 67, Drexel 61
02/10 10:32:46 ET