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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.


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!

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.

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.

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.



I’m Still Alive, Everybody

8 Feb

Hey guys!

I know I haven’t gotten any posts out lately. However, I’m going to make it up for it now.

2/2/11 MBB vs. William and Mary- Oh my god, was I disappointed. We already beat W&M once. I didn’t think they could play this badly. Lots of turnovers, lack of offensive rebounds, and not being able to make any baskets really killed us, especially when we were trailing only by three with less than a minute left. I didn’t even stay for the knockout game and neither did a lot of Dukes fans. However, they were still able to break the record so, I’m glad that they broke the record. Still, it was still a tough game to watch and it ended with a 73-67 loss.

2/5/11 MBB vs. VCU- I couldn’t really cover this game because I was doing more important stuff during while the game was going on. When I heard that the final score was only a 70-66 loss, I was kind of surprised. I didn’t think the score would be that close.¬† However, I was expecting a loss and nothing really surprised me here.

2/6/11 WBB vs. Old Dominion- Okay, this missing this one was entirely my fault. With the excitement of the Super Bowl and everything (by the way, GO PACKERS), I honestly forgot that there was a game, and that’s a big fail because there has always been a game on Sunday’s. Why would this one be different? Anyway, the women’s team is now playing like they never played at all this season. A great¬† 67-58 over ODU on Sunday now gave the Dukes the top spot in the CAA.

Now, I’m officially caught up. I’ll be back here tomorrow when the men’s team plays at Drexel. Tip-off is at 7pm ET.