Hopefully all of your brackets are still in good shape as we head into day two of Round 2 in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Even if they aren’t, at least the Hoosiers are playing today to ease the pain of sucking so much. The first challenge on IU’s quest for banner six is the 16-seeded James Madison Dukes out of the Colonial Athletic Association. The winner of this game will face the winner of NC State and Temple who play right before. Coach Matt Brady is in his 5th year at James Madison after four solid years at Marist. This is the Dukes first appearance in the NCAA tournament in almost 20 years.
James Madison has a strange combination of seniors and freshman that have combined well as of late on route to a 5-game winning streak that including a conference tournament title and a NCAA tournament win over Long Island on Tuesday as part of the “First Four.” The Dukes will look to their seniors to do most of the heavy lifting offensively but got really good contributions from their freshman on Tuesday. What they lack in size up front, they make up with in athleticism. This isn’t a team that should give Indiana much trouble but don’t be surprised if JMU hangs around a little bit longer than expected.
With that, here is the scouting report for today’s game:
Game time: 4:10 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013
TV: TBS (Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, and Tracy Wolfson)
James Madison Dukes: 21-14 KenPom: 166
#33 Rayshawn Goins: 6-6 265 Sr. F 12.4ppg 7.5rpg 0.8apg
-Rayshawn was suspended for the first half against Long Island after being arrested on Sunday at a party after the Selection Show. Goins is their co-leading scorer and a huge body down low. The Dukes didn’t need him against the Blackbirds but they will need Rayshawn to come up big in this one if they want any chance to keep up with the Hoosiers.
#0 A.J. Davis: 6-6 210 Sr. G 12.4ppg 3.7rpg 0.7apg
-A.J. is their most prominent three point shooter, putting up 184 threes and hitting at a 38% clip to date this season. At 6’6, Davis is tall for a guard but he still prefers to stay outside rather than bang it down low.
#40 Devon Moore: 6-4 175 Sr. G 11.4ppg 3.7rpg 4.9apg
-Goins may be their most talented player, but I think Moore is their best player. He is an efficient shooter and his 32% assist rate is an impressive number. Look for Matt Brady to rely heavily on his senior guard to make the big plays.
#15 Andre Nation: 6-5 200 Fr. G 8.8ppg 3.1apg 1.6apg
-Andre plays because of his defense but he did show the ability to score against Long Island when he dropped in 14 points. He is looking to block every shot so I expect to see him bite for a couple of Jordan Hulls’ shot fakes.
#4 Charles Cooke: 6-6 190 Fr. G 5.4ppg 2.7rpg 1.0apg
–Cooke adds another guard with good length but one that does not provide very much skill on the offensive side yet. He had one of his best games of his young career in the First Four game when he finished with 15 points.
Coming off the bench:
#5 Alioune Diouf: Sr. G
#2 Ron Curry: Fr. G
#22 Taylor Bessick: Fr. F
Keys to the game:
- You can expect every team IU plays in the tournament to try to slow the game down and limit the amount of Hoosier possessions. That has shown to be a decent recipe to get the Indiana players frustrated and not play well. This game will be no different and the Dukes actually prefer a slower-paced game. The key for IU will be to get an early lead to force James Madison into shooting quicker shots in order to try to make a comeback.
- On paper, the rebounding edge should heavily favor the Hoosiers. The Dukes are a guard heavy team which should open up plenty of opportunities for Zeller, Watford, Sheehey, and Hollowell to really crash the glass hard and pick up some easy points.
- Bold Prediction: Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford will come out on fire for the Hoosiers. Hulls is still upset about his bad shooting performance in the Big Ten Tournament and James Madison hasn’t seen anything like Christian to know how to stop him. The two seniors will play like it today.
- This game will be more like the Louisville game than the Gonzaga game. If you didn’t watch either game yesterday than you probably don’t know what I am talking about but basically Louisville established it was the superior team from the opening tip while Gonzaga let Southern hang around and ultimately had to make some huge plays down the stretch just escaping from sheer infamy.