Archive | February, 2011

A Look At The 2011 CAA Championship

26 Feb

JMU Men's Basketball ends the season on a pretty good note and I hope they do well in the CAA tournament.

The 21-10 (10-8 CAA) Dukes ended the season on a good note. Like I expected, JMU won two of the final three games so I think they ended the season well.

Anyway, now it’s time to prepare for the CAA Championship.

At this point, it seems like the best bet for the Dukes is they go to the NIT. However, JMU does have a chance to make it the NCAA tournament if they win the CAA tournament, and it’s not going to be easy.

The first game is Friday night and it’s against William and Mary. Of course, we had that pretty bad game against W&M at home. However, beating VCU does prove that they do have a fighting chance against the Tribe. I think JMU will pull their act together and come out with a win.

If they beat W&M, they play Saturday night against Hofstra. Hofstra, I’ll admit, will be a lot tougher than William and Mary. That said, we didn’t play terrible against Hoftra. It’s just that they failed in the last minutes of the second half and in overtime. So, it won’t be impossible, but it will be a tough game.

So, winning at least one game in the championship will give the Dukes a good chance at the NIT. It would be nice to win the whole thing and make it into the NCAA tournament, but I don’t see that happening.

Good luck, Dukes!

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Lights Out!

19 Feb

Devon Moore hit the game winning shot at the line (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

Coming from Michigan, I didn’t really fully understand the concept of a BracketBuster game. Now, I know why they are important.

Today’s basketball game against Miami (Ohio) featured pretty good basketball from both sides and a little surprise in the second half.

The first half was… you know what, it was exactly like you would expect from JMU. No surprises here. The halftime score was 30-29 RedHawks.

The second half had a really great surprise. With 13:23 left in the game, the lights at the Convocation Center completely went out. It was completely dark for about 5 seconds, then the emergency lights came on. It was a good laugh as people were cheering when the lights went out. A ten minute delay later, the game came back on and it the game was better from there.

Devon Moore hit the free-throw that won us the game and the place went nuts.

Overall, the game didn’t have much surprises (other than the black-out) and JMU got the 70-69 win.

The Dukes improve to 20-9 and this win in the BracketBuster game will help us out big time.

Julius Wells led the team in points with 16 and he also led the team with rebounds with 7.

Two games left in the regular season. Thursday will feature the last home regular season game against Old Dominion. Will we get revenge? I sure hope so.

Bombs Away!

18 Feb

We waited a long time, but baseball season finally starts! (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

Oh, boy! Break out the peanuts and cracker jacks because baseball season has finally started and, man, did they start off the season well.

The Dukes offense exploded in throughout the entire game.

Me and a bunch of other Dukes fans were cheering when Trevor Knight slammed a home run to start off the season. However, that was only the start off it. The Dukes dropped an offensive bomb in the first inning with back-to-back-to-back home runs and a bunch of RBI’s. As the Dukes fans around me were laughing at Bucknell’s misfortune, I was stuck scoring the game. I went into the THIRD column when it was still the first inning. That means JMU went through the whole batting order TWICE in the first inning

15 runs and 13 hits in just one inning. That would be a lot in a whole game, let alone the first inning.

After that, no body really cared what Bucknell did because they knew they were done.

The stadium was pretty full, until about the fourth inning when it started raining. About half of the people who showed up left when it started raining. Why? It’s not like it was pouring. When I was at the Virginia Tech- JMU game, it was pouring and I stood for three hours in that pouring rain. Nothing serious, just wondering.

The final score was 37-7. No, I’m not talking about the UVa.-VT game, I’m really talking about this baseball game. It was a really crazy game.

Also, I kind of feel bad for Bucknell because they have to play JMU three more times. There is a double-header tomorrow starting at 12pm ET. I would go to that game, but I’m going to head out to the basketball game tomorrow.

Yeah, it’s going to be a really crazy day tomorrow.

Not The Best Win, But Hey…

15 Feb

There was no way JMU was going to lose this game. Towson was going into this game with a 0-15 CAA record and a 14 game losing streak. JMU has had struggled a lot winning only 4 out of their last 10 games.

Despite the numbers advantage, I wasn’t going to be 100% on whether they would win or not. Don’t get me wrong, I was really confident that JMU would come out with the W. However, that same confidence led to extreme disappointment when we played W&M at home.

Today, instead of breaking down the game, I’m going to list what I liked and what I didn’t like from tonight’s game.

What I liked:

1. 40 points from Denzel

Denzel Bowles had an amazing day in the points category. Scoring 40 points. No one, on either team, scored half that many points. Bowles accounted for 56% of the JMU offense today. Good job, Denzel.

2. Better performance defensively

Don’t let the score fool you. JMU actually did play better than the last time they played Towson, at least on defense. When we played Towson at home, we allowed 68 points. This time, we only allowed 61. A small margain, but it’s still good.

What I didn’t like:

1. Scoring fewer points on offense

If one person can score more than half of what the entire team scored, that proves that something needs to be done on offense. Remember, they scored 99 points the last time we played Towson. I felt like they could have done a little better on offense, especially in the first half.

2. Slow first half

Oh my god, I’ve said this to the point that I get tired of saying it, but here it goes: JMU had a slow first half. For an opponent like Towson, you’d expect a little better performance right off the bat. The second half literally decided the game for JMU as the first half ended in a 33-33 tie.

JMU has three games left in the schedule. I’m hoping that we can end the regular season on a good note. I want them to win at least 2 of the last three games. It seems like too much, but I think they could do it. If you look at how close JMU was to beating VCU. I hope they can finish what they started.

Their next game is Saturday at the Convocation Center. The BracketBuster game against the 13-12 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks.


Check This Out!

13 Feb

 

The Women's Club Water Polo Team (Courtesy: jmu.edu)

 

Well, here’s something interesting I saw yesterday. My family and I took a trip to the UREC to catch women’s club water polo.

The pool area was really hot and humid and the smell of chlorine is still as strong as ever. However, we didn’t care. It was still a good way to spend an hour and we really enjoyed it.

Anyway, you thought the women’s basketball team was good? Well, check this out.

Yesterday’s water polo match was a blowout. A 10-4 win for JMU against Carnegie Mellon.

 

This was the first of TEN goals that JMU scored at yesterday's polo match

 

JMU plays today at 12:20 against UVa.

At any rate, I really had a good time watching the water polo match.

Yeah, it’s not like watching a basketball game or a baseball game. However, I still had a fun time.

 

No Revenge Today

12 Feb

You know, my dad and I considered taking a trip to George Mason to see this game. Well, we’re glad we didn’t. When we lost to GMU a few weeks ago, I yelled out “REVENGE” as I thought that JMU could get revenge on George Mason. Man, was I wrong.

The first half had promise. In fact, I was kind of surprised. We were up 21-9 at one point. However, GMU slowly started coming back. Yeah, it was slow and if you were watching the games, you might haven’t noticed until about 5 minutes left in the half when JMU was only up by two (27-25). GMU, however, was able to end the half with a 40-38.

Oh my god, was the second half a different story. I’ll just sum this half up in a few words: George Mason ran away with the lead. In the second half, GMU outscored JMU 43-30 and they got the 82-68 win.

JMU goes down to 18-9 (8-7 CAA) for the year. JMU is now in 6th in the CAA standings. They’re 5 games behind the leader, which happens to be George Mason.

Today was one of those quiet days for JMU. Julius Wells and Devon Moore led the team in points with 14. Denzel Bowles led the team in rebounds with 11

Four games left in the schedule for JMU. The next game is at Towson at Tuesday. Tip-off at 7pm ET.

Really, How Does JMU Do This?

9 Feb

JMU has had two big comebacks already this season. One against Princeton and one at Delaware. Well, today, they got their third and I got to say that Drexel really let their guard down on this one.

Drexel started out with a 11-0 run in a little less than four minutes. JMU scored two three-pointers and then, the first half was down hill from there.

The gameflow of tonight's game. The first half looked like Drexel would run away with the game. However, JMU somehow came back (Courtesy: ESPN.com)

 

If you look at the gameflow, you see that Drexel (the darker line) had a HUGE lead straight from the start of the first half. They were leading 21-6 at one point.

After the really disappointing game against W&M, I really felt a little sick watching them because they were playing like they haven’t this season.

However, JMU was still in this game. Sometimes, I forget that the Dukes always have this “the game is not until it’s over” attitude with these games and that was a really big boost here. The Dukes came all the way back and they were only trailing by three at halftime.

Wow! That really surprised me.

The second half was a different story. Again, look at the gameflow for a second. You see that JMU starts to pull away in the second half, which has been the Dukes’ tradition all throughout this season. Once JMU took the lead, Drexel couldn’t stand a chance. The final score was a 68-54 win for JMU. A fourteen point win, and to think we were losing by almost twenty points earlier in this game.

I really give credit to the Dukes. Good Job! I also have to give credit to Humpty Hitchens for sticking through the game even though he was sick.

Denzel Bowles led the game in scoring with 23 points and Bowles also led the game in rebounds with 13.

We have five games left until the end of the season. Their next game is Saturday when they travel to George Mason. Tip-off at 5pm ET.