James Madison (9-16) at Delaware (18-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: JMU 3-4, Delaware 9-1. Away Record: JMU 4-10, Delaware 8-6. Neutral Record: JMU 2-2, Delaware 1-0. Conference Record: JMU 4-7, Delaware 10-0. Series Record: Delaware leads, 13-8.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens have been winning games in all sorts of way this season, and they will try to remain unbeaten in Colonial Athletic Association play when they host the James Madison Dukes.
Delaware has won 12 in a row since a Dec. 30 loss at St. Bonaventure. That includes a 67-64 win at home over the College of Charleston a week ago. The CAA leaders rallied from a 20-point deficit with under nine minutes remaining. Davon Usher scored a career-high 42 points for the Blue Hens. Devon Saddler pitched in with 17 points, although he shot just 6-of-17 from the field, while the rest of the Delaware roster combined to contribute a mere eight points. The Blue Hens forced 26 turnovers in the victory.
A win over the Dukes would tie Delaware for the best start in CAA history. Richmond started 11-0 in 1985-86 and VCU did the same during the 2006-07 campaign. Delaware has won 14 consecutive CAA contests going back to last season. The Blue Hens have won nine consecutive home games, which is three off the single-season school record set during the 1992-92 season. This is Delaware's longest win streak at home since the Jan. 24, 1999 - Jan. 27, 2000.
Delaware, which wraps up a four-game homestand, is led by Saddler (21.0 ppg), while Usher (18.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) is second in scoring. Kyle Anderson (11.4 ppg) and Carl Baptiste (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg) are part of a team that leads the CAA with 80.2 ppg. The Blue Hens are also giving up 76.0 ppg, which is the most in the conference. Delaware leads the CAA in foul shooting (.708) and 3-point field-goal defense (.308).
The Dukes, who will play their third game in five days, snapped a three-game skid with a 59-53 home win over Hofstra Monday. Ron Curry scored a game-high 20 points and handed out six assists. Charles Cooke added 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Dukes, followed by Andre Nation with 13 points off the bench.
James Madison is led offensively by Nation (16.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg), who has played in just nine games this season. Cooke (14.7 ppg), Curry (12.0 ppg) and Andrey Semenov (10.8 ppg) are all major contributors for a team that is last in the CAA with 62.4 ppg. The Dukes are also next-to-last in 3-point shooting (.275). James Madison is ranked second in scoring defense (67.8 ppg) in the conference.
The Blue Hens snapped a three-game losing streak to the Dukes with a 78-74 victory in Harrisonburg on Jan. 11. Delaware should be able to ease to its 13th straight win, which would tie the second-best mark in school history. The record is 20 games, set Jan. 7 - March 11, 1992.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 78, James Madison 70
02/12 10:40:26 ET