Preview: Men’s Basketball vs. JMU
James Madison Dukes (13-11, 7-4, 3rd CAA)
Coach: Matt Brady in his fifth season at Madison, overall, 80-78.
The History: This is the 83rd meeting between the Dukes and the Tribe. William & Mary is JMU’s longest continuous basketball rival. Madison leads the series with William & Mary 45-37, but the Tribe has won 13 of the last 19 and 19 of the last 29 games overall, including a 68-61 win in Williamsburg last season.
Last time out: Senior Devon Moore scored 25 points and had 5 assists, to lead the Dukes,while Rayshawn Goins finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss that ended a four game winning streak and five game homewinning streak.
The Skinny The Dukes are extremely experienced, with 6 seniors, 5 of them 5th year seniors, playing regularly(although A. Semenov has been out due to injuries). They also have a strong freshman class, with guards Andre Nation and Ron Curry giving them valuable minutes and forward Charles Cook coming on strong.
JMU is a strong defensive team, getting lots of blocks and steals, but are prone to have off shooting nights. They are also not as strong on the offensive glass as some of the Tribe’s recent opponents.
• 6’6” Senior forward Rayshawn Goins averaged 13.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg last week, including his 6th double-double (11pts/12reb) at UNCW. He has scored double digits in 13 of the last 15 games. He averages 13.8 ppg and 7.9 rpg on the season.
• 6’4” Senior guard Devon Moore scored a career-high 25 points vs. Mason and averaged 15.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.3 apg for the week. Moore averages 10.7 points and 4.2 assists per game.
• 6’6” Freshman forward Charles Cooke scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-5 FG shooting vs. HU. He averages 5.2 ppg and has 16 steals this season.
• 6’5” Freshman guard Andre Nation added 13 points vs. HU and 11 points at UNCW. He’s scored double digits in 4 of his last 5 games. He averages 9.1 ppg and has 1.3 blocks a game from the guard position.
• 6’6” Junior guard AJ Davis (Wyoming transfer) averages 8.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg, but has been scoring in double digits for the last few games.
Tribe Disa & Data:
• Junior forward Tim Rusthoven registered a double-double in four of the last six games, averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game over that stretch.
• The Tribe ranks second in the CAA in field goal percentage (.449), assists (13.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1), while ranking third in scoring (67.8). The College leads the league and ranks 12th nationally in defensive 3-point percentage (.286).
• Senior guard Matt Rum is two assists shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history with 200 career assists and two 3-pointers from being the 17th Tribe players with 100 triples made.
• Over the last three games, W&M is allowing just 60.3 points per game, while holding foes to 40.1 percent shooting from the floor.
The Outlook: The Tribe played a much more aggressive offense and defensive game last time out and will have to do that again to beat one of the more talented teams in the league.
This team has given us glimpses of how good it can be on several occasions, but needs to show the focus that allows a team to do it on offense and defense on a consistent basis. If they can find that dedication then more wins and success will follow.
The Broadcast: Tip-Off is set for 7 PM. The Countdown to Tipoff begins at 6:30 PM along the network, 92.3 FM and 109.3 FM, and on www.tribeathletics.com . Join Jay, Charlie and me to hear Tony’s final thoughts before tipoff and get the scouting report on the Dukes, then listen to the Home Team call of the contest.
Looking for win #10.