2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: CAA Champion James Madison Dukes
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
How They Qualified: CAA Tournament Champions
The James Madison Dukes are heading to their first NCAA Tournament since 1994. The Dukes were the four seed in the CAA Tournament, but James Madison earned its way into the Big Dance by knocking off William & Mary, Delaware and then top-seeded Northeastern.
The Dukes used a huge 40-18 halftime advantage in the championship game of the conference tournament and despite some valiant comeback attempts by Northeastern, the Dukes kept the Huskies’ pressure at bay. James Madison has a young, but hot group heading into the NCAA Tournament, but a hard fought and well-earned trip pretty much sums up their most recent success.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Rayshawn Goins (12.6 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Rayshawn Goins (7.2 rpg)
Leading Passer: Devon Moore (4.9 apg)
Bad Losses: Duquesne Miami (OH), Hampton
Good Wins: Towson, Northeastern
James Madison got hot in Richmond and rode their success to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 seasons. All-time, the Dukes do feature a 3-4 record within the Big Dance, but James Madison has not won a game within the NCAA Tournament since 1983. Given the weakness of the conference this season in comparison to years past, James Madison may not receive the greatest of seeds, but this comes on the heels of a season in which two 15 seeds advanced through to the round of 32.
James Madison enters the tournament playing their best basketball of the season, so we will see what they bring in the NCAA Tournament.
The James Madison Dukes are dancing!
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