James Madison will play its first Colonial Athletic Association home game and its fourth game in eight days overall when it hosts UNCW Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
After a 69-65 loss at Hampton Monday night, JMU (7-8, 1-1 CAA) returns to play in the Convocation Center for the first time since December 16, the final game of a five-game home stand. Since that time, the Dukes have compiled a 3-2 record, including 2-0 in Las Vegas neutral court games and a 1-2 record in three January away games.
With senior forward Andrey Semenov (10 points/game) nursing an ankle injury, senior forward Rayshawn Goins has carried the load offensively. Goins has averaged over 17 points per game and recorded two double-doubles in his last five contests, three of which have not included Semenov.
Senior guard Devon Moore has also played well of late, averaging 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists during the team's 5-1 December run.
The JMU offense has averaged 73.3 points in games Semenov has played, compared to 61.3 when he has been out injured.
UNCW (5-9, 0-2 CAA) is searching for its first conference win of the season after dropping consecutive CAA games to Towson and Northeastern last week. The Seahawks will look for another stellar game from senior forward Keith Rendleman, who has recorded double-doubles in four straight games.
Rendleman averages 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest through 14 games this season. He is the eighth-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder in the CAA, just edging out Goins (tenth and sixth, respectively) in both categories.
The Seahawks' big man will be backed up by a group of three-point shooters collectively averaging 34 percent from behind the arc. JMU is allowing opponents to shoot at a 39 percent clip from deep, last in the CAA.
JMU is 4-2 against UNCW under Matt Brady, including last season's year-ending 70-59 loss in the CAA tournament. This will be the first of two games against UNCW this season, the second coming in Wilmington on January 28.