Returning from a successful weekend in Illinois, James Madison will have its home opener Tuesday night at the Convocation Center against Detroit at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the Dukes will be raising their CAA Championship and NCAA Tournament banners from their conference title achieved last March.
JMU(2-2) is coming off of the NIU Invitational where it went 2-1 with wins over host Northern Illinois and San Jose State and sandwiched around a loss to Milwaukee. The weekend featured balanced scoring and contributions from the entire roster.
The Dukes had five players who averaged over nine points a game with Ron Curry leading the way at 13.3 points per game. He was followed by Charles Cooke (12.7), Andrey Semenov (12.0), Taylor Bessick (11.3) and Jackson Kent (9.3). Curry and Semenov were members of the All-Tournament Team.
The balance has been on display throughout the young season for the Dukes. Four different players have been the leading scorer in four games while Madison has also had four different top rebounders.
The Titans enter the night at 1-2 with a lopsided win over NAIA school Michigan-Dearborn as well as losses against South Alabama and Connecticut. In the most recent game against UConn, a 101-55 setback, freshman point guard Matthew Grant led Detroit with 15 points off the bench while Juwan Howard, Jr. tallied 14. The Titans were limited to 30 percent shooting overall and 13 percent from the arc while the Huskies were near 57 percent for both.
The only previous meeting between the two teams came in an ESPN BracketBusters game on February 18 of 2012 in Detroit in which the Titans prevailed over the Dukes 82-70. The injury-depleted Dukes had only eight players available on the trip, and were led in scoring by A.J. Davis with 26 points. The injuries went so far as to preclude head coach Matt Brady from traveling to the game after being injured in practice beforehand.
After their game against Detroit, the Dukes will travel to Indiana to take on Valparaiso on Saturday, November 23 at 3 p.m.