After Tuesday's 75-70 win over Towson, James Madison will play its second of three consecutive games against its competition at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association standings on Sunday evening when it travels to Delaware for a 7:30 p.m. game. The game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic-Plus, Philadelphia, Northwest and Houston) and Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast.
JMU (15-12, 9-5 CAA) sits a half game back of Delaware (14-12, 9-4 CAA) for second place with both teams entering Sunday's marquee game coming off significant wins. The Dukes' triumph over previously second-place Towson moved JMU into a tie with the Tigers for third in the CAA. For the Blue Hens, their Wednesday night 76-74 overtime victory over first-place Northeastern kept their hopes alive for the regular season title. It also marked only the second time the Huskies have lost in 2013.
JMU will try to recapture the same success it found earlier this season on January 23 when it beat Delaware 64-50 in the Convocation Center. The CAA's leading scorer, junior guard Devon Saddler, was relatively contained by the JMU defense. Saddler scored a game-high 16, but JMU redshirt senior Rayshawn Goins notched his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead four Dukes in double-digit scoring. Double-double machine, Jamelle Hagins, was limited to four points and four rebounds by JMU in January.
Redshirt senior point guard Devon Moore was also one of four players to score 10 or more against Delaware last month, netting 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Moore, whose eight straight free throws in the final 45 seconds on Tuesday iced the win over Towson, ranks 21st in the league in scoring (11.0/game) and 15th in free throw percentage (.748). Moore also leads both JMU and the CAA in assists (4.7 apg) and is second in the conference with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. He has 26 assists in his last three games and sits 11 shy of tying the all-time JMU record of 463 held by Pierre Curtis.
Alongside Goins and Moore, freshman guard Andre Nation (12) and redshirt senior guard A.J. Davis (16) scored 10 points or more. Nation leads the team with 1.5 steals per game, while Davis is averaging 16 points per game over the last three contests.
Saddler, who averages 19.5 points per game, has scored 13, 16 and 22 in three career games against JMU. Hagins has recorded 12 double-doubles this season.
Matt Brady is 3-2 against Delaware as the head coach at JMU and 6-2 overall in his career. This is his first season in which the two teams will meet twice during the regular season.