James Madison (20-10, 9-8 CAA) will conclude regular-season Colonial Athletic Association play in Richmond, Va. as the Dukes take on VCU (21-9, 12-5 CAA) in Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Saturday, February 26th at noon. The game will be viewable on The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet (New England).
JMU is currently in sixth place in the CAA standings. The Dukes need a win combined with a loss by Drexel at Towson in order to claim the fifth seed.
The matchup will be between two of the CAA's high-powered offenses with both teams having four players averaging double-digits in scoring. JMU ranks second in points per game averaging 71.7 overall, (71.8 in CAA games), while VCU ranks third in the CAA in scoring offense averaging 71.9 overall, (69.2 in CAA games).
The Dukes rank second in the CAA in field goal percentage shooting 45.9% (46.0% CAA), and fourth in three-point field goal percentage shooting 37.6% (37.2% CAA). The Dukes also rank third in rebounding margin in the CAA.
VCU currently sits in fourth place in the CAA standings. The Rams rank first in the CAA in steals with 8.7 per game (8.6 CAA) and third in assists per game averaging 14.4 overall, (12.9 CAA). VCU is also averaging 8.2 (7.6 CAA) three-point field goals per game.
JMU is coming off a 75-59 loss at home to Old Dominion Thursday night. The Monarchs' Kent Bazemore and Frank Hassell combined for 40 points in the win. Senior forward Denzel Bowles led JMU with 14 points and five rebounds, and sophomore Devon Moore added 10 points and five assists.
The Dukes are led by Bowles, who is averaging 18.3 points, which ranks second the CAA. He also rips down 9.0 rebounds per game while shooting 58.3% from the field, which ranks first in the CAA. Junior forward Julius Wells is averaging 10.8 points per game while shooting 35.4% from behind the arc. Junior forward Rayshawn Goins contributes 9.9 points per game and is also averaging 6.9 rebounds per game. Moore also adds 10.7 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.2 per game.
VCU has lost three-straight games and is coming off a 64-60 road loss at Drexel Wednesday night. Four Drexel players scored in double figures to edge the Rams for the victory. Senior forward Jamie Skeen led VCU with 17 points, four rebounds, and three blocks. VCU also had 20 points off the bench in the loss.
The Rams are led by Skeen, who is averaging 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 52.0% from the field this season. Junior forward Bradford Burgess is the team's second-leading scorer contributing 13.7 points per game and also averages 6.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Brandon Rozzell contributes 12.1 points per game and is shooting 39.7% from behind the arc. Senior guard Joey Rodriguez rounds out the double-digit scoring for the Rams, averaging 10.8 points per game, and he also ranks second in the CAA in assists per game with 4.5.
In the previous contest on February 5th, VCU's Bradford Burgess and Jamie Skeen combined for 39 points to record a 70-66 victory over JMU in the Convocation Center. Denzel Bowles led the Dukes with 22 points for his 13th 20-point game of the season to go with nine boards and three blocks. Devon Moore added 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists and junior guard Humpty Hitchens had a well-rounded effort with seven points, a career-high seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the game.