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“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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