Archive | March, 2011

“Ladies and Gentleman, the time has come”

20 Mar

The time has come. For the 2011 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Well, technically, it started yesterday but, today is the Dukes’ first game in the tournament.

The 11th seed Dukes playing against the 6th seed Oklahoma Sooners.

The Dukes are huge underdogs, as they should be. On ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, only 10.6% of people chose JMU to advance to the round of 32. Even President Obama chose the Sooners to come out on top. So, obviously, JMU has a lot to play for.

However, the Dukes have some pretty solid advantages.

1. Location– This game is at Charlottesville, which is only an hour from Harrisonburg. That means the Dukes will probably have a pretty good crowd advantage. Even though Oklahoma is considered the home team, JMU has the advantage being an hour away. If JMU fans from Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and all over Virginia make it out to the game, the Dukes will have a big crowd advantage.

2. Oklahoma struggles on the road– The Sooners are 5-8 on the road. Most of those losses on the road were more than ten points. What do you make of this? Well, there’s one team traveling half across the country and another only taking an hour trip. Combined with the crowd advantage, the Sooners could struggle.

3. Points and rebounds- Dawn Evans, for us, is like Jimmer Fredette for BYU. Jimmer Fredette doesn’t play the game by himself and neither does Evans. While Evans does provide a lot of points, she can’t do everything. All five starters have something to show. As for rebounds, Lauren Jimenez is who you look for. In most games, she led the team in rebounds. Rebounds are just as important as points. So, it’s good that we have someone who can get rebounds.

Now, I’m not saying Oklahoma has nothing to show. Remember, Oklahoma are still the heavy favorite. However, if JMU could use their advantages, it could help them a lot.

 

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The Dukes Lose One In The CBI

15 Mar

Well, JMU didn’t make the NIT, however, they did make a championship called the CBI. Now, what the hell is the CBI?

Once again, coming from Michigan, I didn’t know much about the small things like BracketBusters or the CBI.

Anyway, the Dukes made it and their first game is against Davidson. JMU had a great start and a terrible end to this season. So, you would hope that the Dukes would do well here. Well, that didn’t happen.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t really watch a lot of the game. When I first put it on, it was tied 25-25. So, naturally, I assumed they were having that first half struggle that has plagued them for the whole season. So, I didn’t really worry.

I changed the channel and continued searching. Then, I came back a little bit before halftime and it the half ended 44-32 Davidson. I’m wondering what the hell happened.

I came back again during the second half and it was 67-45 and this was mid-second half. So, between the end of the first half and about ten minutes into the second, JMU only scored 13 points.

The final score was 85-65, our worst loss since the Feb. 24th game against Old Dominion (75-59).

We end our season 21-12 overall. It’s not a bad record, but it’s still disappointing when you see how we started.

Devon Moore led the team in points with 14 and Denzel Bowles led the team in rebounds with 9.

3 Bids For CAA!!!! (With Announcement)

13 Mar

In today’s selection show, 3 CAA teams made it into the tournament (Old Dominion, George Mason, and VCU) breaking the record of CAA teams in the NCAA tournament.

As a celebration, I opened up a Basketball Tournament Pick ‘Em on Yahoo! Sports. I hope a lot of people join the group so we can have a little contest.

So, if you want to join, click on the link:

http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/79811/invitation?key=44e67ec838ddfdb0

(Note: You need a Yahoo account to join. It doesn’t take that long.)

(Another Note: When you get to the password part, leave the password box blank. This is a public group so there is no password.)

Have fun, everybody!

CAA Champions…Again

13 Mar

Dawn Evans led the Dukes to their sixth CAA title (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

After winning a CAA championship last year, the women’s basketball team comes back to win another CAA title.

The season started a little rough, but their amazing performance in CAA play made the Dukes a heavy favorite to win the CAA title. Now, they’ve won their sixth CAA title and is now on the road to another appearance in the NCAA tournament.

This is a JMU team that was ready and willing for this game and it shows.

However, it wasn’t easy. It seemed like late in the second half, Delaware was about to come back. JMU was still able to hold them off and secure the win and the CAA title.

Dawn Evans led the game with 24 points and Lauren Jimenez led the game in rebounds with 14.

Now, we’re headed to the NCAA tournament. The big question is: Who will we play? Well, we’re going to find out Monday night.

I want to see the Dukes make it past the first round of the tournament.

Congrats on the CAA title and good luck in the NCAA tournament. Go Dukes!!

 

We’re Going To The Finals

12 Mar

After a pretty easy win against Georgia State, the JMU Women’s Basketball team heads to the semifinals against VCU.

This was a game of ups and downs. However, we were able to come on top and get the 67-57 win to get a spot in the championship game.

JMU never let up the entire game. Even when they were down by 7 late in the first half, they still didn’t give up. They were down by five at halftime. However, the game was not over yet.

In the second half, JMU fully exploded and they were able to secure a 67-57 win.

In this crazy day of nothing but basketball, I’m glad it can start off with a good note. There’s a whole bunch of great games to come.

The Dukes are now heading to the finals. They will be playing either Delaware or UNCW, which are teams that JMU shouldn’t have a problem with.

Evans led the team in points with 2. Taylor and Jimenez led in rebounds with 10.

Cheer for the Dukes tomorrow in the CAA finals. We need this win more than ever.

 

A Terrible Loss At Richmond Plus A Look At The CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

4 Mar

 

Devon Moore led the Dukes in points in today's disappointing loss against William and Mary (Courtesy: JMUsports.com)

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Coming off a win against VCU, I thought the Dukes had a fighting chance against the Tribe. JMU has beaten them once on the road and had probably the worst home loss they’ve ever had this season. I thought JMU might be over what has setting them back this season.

 

Now, it’s obvious that the Dukes have no chance at making it to the NCAA tournament. Now, I starting to doubt if they’ll make it into the NIT. I still say the Dukes have a slight chance. However, losing the first game of the conference tournament is going to put us on the bubble for the NIT.

The leading scorer is Devon Moore with 22 points.

Now, only time will tell if the Dukes season ends here.

Now that we talked about that, let’s take a quick look at the 2011 CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

The women’s team has a really big chance to win the CAA tournament and make it into the NCAA tournament. The conference championship begins next Thursday. However, since the Dukes are #1 in the CAA, they won’t play on Thursday. Instead, their first game is next Friday. They play the winner of the Georgia State/George Mason game.

It’s a pretty safe bet that JMU will beat either of these two teams.

There’s also a really big chance that the Dukes will make the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.

So, my prediction is that JMU will win the CAA tournament and go to the NCAA tournament.

Anyway, good luck Dukes!