|Seahawks, Dukes Tangle In Noon Matinee|
UNCW “Seahawks” (8-19, 2-10) Vs. James Madison “Dukes (9-17, 4-8)
Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Noon
JMU Convocation Center (7,156) – Harrisonburg, Va.
THE TIP-OFF: The UNCW men’s basketball begins its final road trip of the regular season today when the Seahawks visit Harrisonburg, Va., for a rematch with JMU’s Dukes. The two teams met in the CAA opener 42 days ago (Jan. 4) in Wilmington and the Dukes prevailed, 60-55.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is completing his 16th season with a 266-225 (.542) overall record, including a 41-78 (.344) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. James Madison’s Matt Brady is wrapping up his 10th season overall with a 170-149 (.533) career ledger and his sixth season in Harrisonburg with a 97-99 (.495) scorecard.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Tanner Milson (6-2, 190, Sr., Guard), Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Dukes are Ron Curry (6-4, 190, Soph., Guard), Charles Cooke (6-6, 190, Soph., Guard), Andre Nation (6-5, 200, Soph., Guard), Andrey Semenov (6-7, 200, Graduate, Forward) and Taylor Bessick (6-9, 230, Soph., Forward).
JUMP BALL: The UNCW men’s basketball team tries to continue its late-season push when the Seahawks travel to the Shenandoah Valley for a Saturday matinee with JMU’s Dukes. The Seahawks have won two in a row for the first time since early December and will try to equal their longest winning streak of the season in today’s rematch with the Dukes.
WAKE-UP CALL: After losing their first 10 conference games of the season, UNCW has come alive with back-to-back double digit victories over Towson (66-53) and Northeastern (55-45).
THE SERIES: The Seahawks own a 33-32 edge in the 65-game series with the Dukes. UNCW won the inaugural game on Dec. 16, 1979, took 14 straight from Jan. 20, 2001, to Jan. 10, 2008. JMU, however, has taken seven of the last 10 meetings between the two clubs.
ABOUT THE DUKES: James Madison has lost four of its last five outings and fell at first place Delaware, 81-65, on Wednesday night in Newark. Sophomore guard Andre Nation led the way with 17 points and freshman forward Yohanny Dalembert collected 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Dukes, who shot just 32.3 percent from the floor in the lopsided loss.
LAST MATCHUP BETWEEN UNCW-JMU: Sophomore guard Charles Cooke went 9-of-12 from the field en route to 24 points to power James Madison past UNCW, 60-55, in the CAA opener for both teams. Cooke scored 13 of his game-high total in the second half as the Dukes turned back several comebacks by the Seahawks, who scored a season-low 25 points in the final period. Junior forward Cedrick Williams paced the Seahawks with nine points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 38 minutes.
LAST UNCW-JMU GAME AT THE CONVO: In the last game between the two teams in Harrisonburg, senior guard Rayshawn Goins poured in a game-high 18 points and James Madison scored 29 points on 21 UNCW turnovers in a 78-50 triumph on Jan. 9, 2013. The Dukes bolted out to a 38-21 lead at intermission and led by as many as 37 points in the second half. Senior forward Keith Rendleman was the only player in double figures for the Seahawks, who made just 15-of-51 field goals.
OVERTIME OVERTURES: The Seahawks and Dukes have played seven games beyond regulation in the 64-game series. JMU has won five of the overtime games. UNCW and JMU have not played an overtime game in the last 27 contests.
BUZZ VS. JMU: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is facing James Madison for the seventh time tonight in his 16 seasons as a head coach. He has dropped five of six games to the Harrisonburg, Va., club.
SEAHAWKS VS. MATT BRADY: UNCW stands 2-7 against JMU’s Matt Brady, but six of those nine games have been decided by nine points or less.
ATTENTION GETTER: Junior forward Cedrick Williams has drawn a lot of attention the last three outings. He is 5-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-8 at the free throw line. That makes a total of 13 points and 12 rebounds for 4.3 ppg and 4.0 rpg.
POSTPONEMENT POSITIVE: The Seahawks just finished playing their second rescheduled game of the season and stand 2-0 in those games. The Towson game last Monday was rescheduled from Jan. 26 and Thursday’s matchup with Northeastern was moved back from Wednesday.
RUMBLING REYBOLD: Since returning to the lineup six games ago, senior forward Shane Reybold has averaged 7.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 21.3 minutes per game. In that span, he has made 18-of-34 field goals for 52.9 percent from the floor and contributed a team-high seven blocks. He missed six games and the Seahawks were outrebounded by a 3.3 rpg margin.
HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Television: CSN-MA - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic; CSN-P - Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia; CSN-NE - Comcast SportsNet New England; CSS - Comcast Sports Southeast; WECT - NBC-6 Wilmington, N.C./Bounce Network; SNY - SportsNet New York (tape-delay): Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: The Seahawks complete the road trip to Virginia on Monday with a 7 p.m. matchup against William & Mary at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va.