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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: JMU Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: CSN-PHI. Home Record: ODU 1-10, JMU 6-2. Away Record: ODU 0-6, JMU 1-7. Neutral Record: ODU 1-0, JMU 3-1. Conference Record: ODU 0-6, JMU 4-3. Series Record: ODU leads, 55-25.
GAME NOTES: The Old Dominion Monarchs and James Madison Dukes are set to square off in a Saturday matinee at the JMU Convocation Center.
These Colonial Athletic Association rivals met up on Jan. 2 in Norfolk, where James Madison claimed a 58-55 road victory over the Monarchs to snap an eight- game slide in the head-to-head series. It also marked the Dukes' only true road victory in eight tries this season. Old Dominion still leads the all-time series, 55-25.
ODU has not tasted victory in longer than a month, as the team is currently entrenched in a six-game losing streak. The Monarchs have been idle since a 69-54 home loss to Georgia State last Saturday.
JMU is seeking a fifth straight home win after taking down Delaware on Wednesday night, 64-50. The Dukes are in the midst of a stretch that features five home games in a span of 15 days.
The Monarchs shot just 35.4 percent from the floor in the loss to Georgia State, although they did connect on 7-of-19 3-pointers (.368). A 13-of-23 effort at the foul line for ODU, as well as 17 turnovers, further contributed to the outcome. Dimitri Batten scored a team-high 14 points off the bench as he knocked down 3-of-5 threes. Donte Hill joined him in double figures, finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort. It was a rather quiet game for leading scorer DeShawn Painter, who shot just 2-of-6 from the field and tallied six points. Painter, a transfer from NC State, is averaging 11.8 points along with a team-best 7.8 rebounds and has recorded five double-doubles on the season. However, he is also the team's only player averaging double figures, and when he has an off night, it certainly makes things easier for the opposition.
James Madison is led by Rayshawn Goins, who averages a team-best 14.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. Devon Moore is also averaging double figures with 10.1 ppg, although the team has undoubtedly missed the presence of forward Andrey Semenov (10.0 ppg), who remains out indefinitely with an ankle injury. In the win over Delaware earlier this week, the Dukes overcame a 33.3-percent shooting effort by holding UD, the CAA's top scoring team entering the game, to 28.9-percent shooting. In fact, the Dukes have held their last three opponents to a combined 30.8-percent shooting. Goins had another big game, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th career double-double. During the team's home win streak, he has averaged 17.5 points. A.J. Davis added 16 points, while Andre Nation and Moore finished with 12 and 10, respectively.
The Dukes already won the first meeting with ODU on the road, and that was without Moore, who missed the game due to family reasons. JMU should be able to take care of business at home and complete the season sweep.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: James Madison 69, Old Dominion 59
01/26 10:36:33 ET