After handling Delaware on Wednesday 64-50, James Madison will put a four-game home winning streak on the line when it hosts Old Dominion at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in a Colonial Athletic Association game in the Convocation Center.
The game will have live television coverage on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS). It will be the final currently scheduled visit by ODU to the Convo and the final meeting before the Monarchs join Conference USA.
The Dukes (10-10, 4-3 CAA), who have won three of their last five games, are in the midst of a stretch that features five home games within 15 days. JMU is 6-2 when playing in Harrisonburg. It's also 1-0 against the Monarchs (2-16, 0-6 CAA) after defeating them in Norfolk 58-55 on January 2.
The Dukes' win at ODU is the only true road victory the team has earned this season, going 0-7 in all other road games. JMU carries a 3-1 record in neutral court games.
Senior forward Rayshawn Goins will likely play a large role in the upcoming game after posting a 15-point, 13-rebound stat line in Wednesday's win over Delaware. Goins has averaged 17.5 points over the home win streak, 3.1 points over his average this season. Goins' 14.4 points per game is 11th best in the CAA. His 7.8 rebounds per game currently ranks seventh.
Freshman guard Andre Nation will look to get involved on Saturday after a strong first outing against the Monarchs. Nation stuffed the stat sheet with five points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block on January 2.
Nation and redshirt senior counterpart Devon Moore combined for 22 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on Wednesday. Moore missed the first game between the Dukes and the Monarchs due to family reasons.
The Monarchs have struggled this year, dropping six straight games since a December 22 neutral site game (63-61) played against the University of Virginia at the Richmond Coliseum. ODU's CAA losses have come at home against JMU, Delaware and Georgia State and on the road at George Mason and UNCW.
ODU is anchored by North Carolina State transfer DeShawn Painter, a 6'9" center averaging 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He scored 14 points and 13 rebounds in the first matchup against JMU. He has recorded five double-doubles this season and has scored at least 11 points in eight of his last 10 games.