After a week off with a bye in its Colonial Athletic Association schedule, James Madison will stare down William and Mary this Saturday in Williamsburg in its final regular season game of the year. The game will tip at 6 p.m. with television coverage on Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic/New England).
JMU (16-14, 10-7 CAA) can earn its fourth sweep of the season on Saturday if it tops the Tribe (13-15, 7-10 CAA). The Dukes have already beaten Old Dominion, UNCW, and Delaware twice each this season. In his four previous seasons at JMU, head coach Matt Brady has never swept more than two teams in any season.
By the time JMU and W&M tip, the Dukes will already have a clear picture of their CAA Championship possibilities. With a Delaware win over George Mason, the Dukes can climb to the No. 3 seed with a win over the Tribe. However, a George Mason or a JMU loss puts the Dukes in the No. 4 spot. Drexel or William and Mary could be JMU's opponent in either seeding situation.
Redshirt senior guard Devon Moore, who broke JMU's career assist mark in his last outing, will try to add to his record in his last regular season game as a Duke. Moore leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 4.7 assists per game, and his 2.0 assist/turnover ratio is second best in the conference. His 11.4 points per game ranks just outside the CAA's top 20 scorers. Moore had the second of three career double-doubles against W&M earlier this season with 17 points and a career-high 12 assists.
Particularly hot of late has been senior guard A.J. Davis. The Ohio native is averaging 17.8 points over JMU's last six games dating back to the first matchup with William and Mary when he went 7-for-10 from the arc for 27 points. Last week Davis had 21 at Northeastern and added the second double-double of his career with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia State on senior night.
Alongside Moore and Davis, freshman Charles Cooke has emerged recently in the backcourt. Cooke has hit at least two three-pointers in two of his last five games and is averaging 5.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and one assist per game. In the month of February, Cooke is averaging 7.6 points per game.
William and Mary enters its final game of the season with a hot hand, having won four of its last five games -- including a 12-point home win over Georgia State on February 18. Most recently, Tribe forward Tim Rusthoven sank 1-of-2 free throws in the final second for a one-point win over UNCW on Wednesday.
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton, whose 18.6 points per game is the second best mark is the CAA, has averaged 21.1 points and 2.8 assists over the last five games. He was 5-for-8 from the arc for 22 points to lead four players in double figures in the first matchup.