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Men’s Basketball Opens 2012-13 Season at No. 13 UCLA
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/13/2012

James Madison will begin its 2012-2013 regular season on the West Coast, taking on UCLA in historic Pauley Pavilion this Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 p.m. (EST). In addition to opening the season, the game also opens participation in the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic, a four-game event sponsored by The Gazelle Group.

Beginning his fifth year at JMU, head coach Matt Brady will look jump start the season by knocking off the No. 13 Bruins in Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a massive renovation and celebrated a grand opening on Nov. 9 against Indiana State. It will be the first meeting between UCLA and JMU.


The game will air on the Pac-12 Network, which is available on Dish Network (413).

The network is available online for select
TV providers. Comcast customers can also purchase the channel online. UCLA is also providing a subscriber webstream on its website for a monthly charge of $6.95.

The Dukes are looking to rebound from last year's injury-plagued season, when significant roster shuffling throughout the year led to a 12-20 overall record. JMU had a 5-13 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play to finish eighth in the league. After a 7-4 start, key injuries piled up as the Dukes went 5-16 the rest of the way.

JMU, which was selected to finish sixth out of 11 conference teams in the CAA Preseason Poll, will be led by a bevy of senior playmakers. Guards A.J. Davis, Devon Moore, and Alioune Diouf will lead a seasoned backcourt this year, while Andrey Semenov, Rayshawn Goins and Gene Swindle are all featured senior members of the frontcourt. Diouf is a true senior, while the remaining five are all redshirt seniors. Davis was a Second Team All-CAA selection this preseason.

Last season, Goins missed the entire season with a shoulder injury. Two years ago, he posted six double-doubles in 31 games, including his first at the Division I level at No. 3 Kansas State. He also ranked seventh in the CAA for offensive rebounds per game (2.7).

Moore also missed time last year, first due to ineligibility until a Dec. 19 game at home vs. Citadel, then later on after a wrist injury suffered January 21 vs. Hofstra. In the 24 games he did play, Moore averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 assists per game. He posted a .425 field goal percentage last season, good for fourth best on the team among players who attempted at least 100 shots.

This is the fourth season Brady and the Dukes will play a top-25 team to open the season. JMU is 0-3 in those games, dating back to a Nov. 17, 2008 loss to No. 20 Davidson. While this will be the first game of the season for the Dukes, UCLA will have already played both Indiana State and UC Irvine.

At a glance, the Bruins seem to be the opposite of a veteran JMU team. UCLA fields only one senior, former North Carolina guard Larry Drew II, who sat out the 2011-2012 season because of NCAA transfer rules. He dished five assists in UCLA's season opener against Indiana State last Friday.

Instead, the Bruins will rely on a talented crop of freshmen contributors this season. Guard Jordan Anderson scored 21 points in his collegiate debut last week, and fellow freshman Kyle Anderson tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Both are members of a 2012 recruiting class ranked No. 1 in the nation. However, the centerpiece of the class was prized recruit and high school player of the year Shabazz Muhammad, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA last weekend because of a violation of amateurism rules.

Following the West Coast game, JMU will play three subregional games in quick succession Nov. 19-21 to continue the Progressive Legends Classic. The Dukes will play away at Duquesne in Pittsburgh on the 19th and stay in town to play Youngstown State and North Dakota State on the 20th and 21st, respectively.

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