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JMU Men's Basketball to Face Davidson in CBI Postseason Tournament
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/13/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 13, 2011 - James Madison men's basketball will continue its 2010-11 season after receiving a spot in the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen.  The Dukes will travel to Davidson for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, March 15 in Belk Arena.

The game will be televised on HDNet.  The winner between JMU and Davidson advances in the 16-team field to meet the winner between San Jose State and Creighton in the quarterfinals on March 21.  The semifinals are slated for March 23 with the championship falling on March 28, March 30 and April 1 in a best-of-three format.

In the other opening-round games of the CBI, Duquesne travels to Montana, Weber State is at Oregon, Austin Peay visits Boise State, Evansville hosts Hofstra, Rhode Island welcomes Miami (Ohio), and UCF is at home against St. Bonaventure.

JMU went 21-11 this season while going 10-8 and finishing sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association.  Davidson went 16-14 overall and placed fourth in the South Division of the Southern Conference with a 10-8 league record. 

The Dukes will be playing in the postseason for the second time in three years under head coach Matt Brady.  In 2008-09, JMU qualified for the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament (CIT) and advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Old Dominion.  Last year fellow CAA member VCU won the CBI with six of last year's 16 squads earning bids to the 2011 NCAA field of 68.

The Wildcats own both wins in the only two previous meetings between the teams.  Two years ago, the teams opened the 2008-09 season in the NIT Season Tip-Off event with Davidson claiming a 99-64 blowout win at Oklahoma.  That DC team was ranked 21st in the country and featured current NBA star Stephen Curry.  The only other meeting occurred in the 1997-98 season with an 87-69 Wildcats' triumph in Tucson, Arizona.

JMU and Davidson shared two common opponents this season in The Citadel and Presbyterian.  The Dukes won at The Citadel 74-67 in the second game of the year and defeated Presbyterian 65-56 in the fourth game of the year at home.  The Wildcats split with The Citadel in SoCon play with a 68-53 road win in December along with an 85-75 home loss in January.  Davidson defeated PC 71-65 in an ESPNU BracketBusters game.

Both JMU and Davidson are coming off first-round losses in their respective conference tournaments.  The Dukes went into the CAA Championship as the sixth seed and dropped a 72-68 decision to 11th-seeded William and Mary.  Davidson, as the fourth seed in the South Division of the SoCon, fell to UNC Greensboro, the fifth seed in the North Division, by a score of 71-64 in the opening round of the conference tournament.

Senior forward and potential NBA prospect Denzel Bowles (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) is JMU's leading scorer at 17.8 points per game.  The First Team All-CAA and First Team NABC All-District honoree also ranked top three in the CAA in rebounds (8.8 per game) and field-goal percentage (.582).

JMU's hottest player has been redshirt sophomore point guard Devon Moore (Columbus, Ohio/Northland).  The starting point guard is averaging 11.3 points and 4.2 assists per game while scoring in double figures in seven of his final eight games, including a career-high 22 points in the CAA loss to W&M.

Davidson ranked in the top five in the SoCon in both scoring offense (71.5 points per game) and scoring defense (67.7 points per game) but sat 10th in the league with a 42.8 field-goal percentage.  The Wildcats currently rank 31st in the country and led the league with a rebounding margin of +4.8. 

Sophomores J.P. Kuhlman and Jake Cohen rank 14th and 18th, respectively, in the Southern Conference with 12.6 and 11.9 points per game.  Cohen is also the team's top rebounder at 6.3 per game.

HDNet is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, and Verizon FiOS.

The College Basketball Invitational is in its fourth season with past winners including VCU last year, Oregon State in 2009 and Tulsa in 2008.  The event is hosted by The Gazelle Group.  It will be the third time in the last two seasons for JMU to participate in a Gazelle Group event.  The Dukes played at Kansas State and hosted a three-team subregional in the CBE Classic in November.  Last year, JMU traveled to Ohio State and a subregional at Florida International in the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.

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