Will James Madison Dukes Guard Play Or Towson's Jerrelle Benimon Prevail?

By Jake Fischer
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This week, the Colonial Athletic Association has a jam-packed schedule of men’s basketball games every night but Friday. On Tuesday, the James Madison Dukes (14-12, 8-5) will host the Towson Tigers (14-12, 9-4) in Harrisonburg, Va. As two of the top teams in the Association prepare to clash, there are several storylines to look into. However, one subplot in particular should standout in this contest.

This season, the Dukes have been successful because of their dynamic guard play. In the preseason, the media and coaches in the CAA expected head coach Matt Brady to truly rely on senior guard A.J. Davis to lead JMU to victory as Davis was named to the Preseason All-CAA 2nd Team. But it’s been Davis’ senior classmates, Devon Moore and Rayshawn Goins, who have led James Madison during this 2012-2013 season, along with some outstanding play from several freshman as well.

Thus, Tuesday, it will be very interesting to see if James Madison’s talent on the perimeter will be able to overcome the Towson Tigers’ force inside and leading CAA Player of the Year candidate Jerrelle Benimon. As of Monday morning, Benimon was leading the nation in double-dobules at 17 and is averaging a double-double on the season overall. Down in Towson, the 6-7 forward has been averaging 16.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 blocks per game. Outside of the stats, Benimon clearly has a presence in every facet of the game as well. Will he be able to dominate this particular game instead of being overmatched by JMU’s guards?

In this game, whoever wins this matchup will most likely come out victorious tonight.


Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. He also hosts the CAA Relay Podcast. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.


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