James Madison (15-12, 9-5) at Delaware (14-12, 9-4) – 7:30 – Comcast SportsNet
With UNCW’s upset(?) win over Northeastern last night, this game suddenly becomes even more interesting. Delaware now sits one game back of Northeastern in the loss column of the conference standings, and JMU plays at Northeastern this Wednesday.
Delaware’s season has been defined by very marked streaks:
- After a 2-1 start, the Blue Hens lost seven out of eight games (against some understandably tough competition) (3-8).
- The Fightin’ Blues closed out December with two wins, and won their first three conference games for a five-game winning streak (8-8, 3-0).
- Then, the Blue Hens lost consecutive home games to Towson and Northeastern before shooting 28.9% in a 14-point road loss at these James Madison Dukes (8-11, 3-3).
- Since that loss, the Blue Hens have rattled off six wins in seven games, and have consistently stayed among the CAA’s Top 3 teams.
Now they host a JMU team that limited them to 28.9% shooting in their first meeting.
Devon Moore has averaged 8.7 assists over JMU’s last three games, and he’s the CAA’s assist leader, averaging 4.7 per game. With 452 assists in his career, he is just 12 away from overtaking Pierre Curtis as JMU’s all-time assist leader.
Even as a redshirt senior, it’s important to remember Moore missed the entire first semester last year, and has played with an assortment of injuries throughout his career.
Rayshawn Goins had 15 points and 13 rebounds in JMU’s first game with Delaware. The Dukes have to establish Goins inside, because they cannot rely on the 3-ball to carry them to victory.
This game will come down to which Jamelle Hagins shows up: the guy who had 23 points and 18 rebounds against JMU last season, or the guy who had the same amount of fouls and turnovers and he did points and rebounds (four of each) earlier this season.
Since scoring 50 points at JMU, the Blue Hens have scored at least 65 points in their last seven games. Combine that with the fact that JMU is 2-8 away from home, and it’s difficult to pick the Dukes in this spot. Devon Saddler is getting back in the conversation for CAA Player of the Year.
YoUDees 67 Duke Dogs 62