For the first time since 1994, the James Madison University Dukes appeared in the NCAA men’s basketball national tournament.
Wednesday night the Dukes came out victorious over of the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament to win the team’s first tourney game in 30 years. JMU was without suspended starter Rayshawn Goins for the first half but took the win, 68-55. The Dukes advance to the second round for the first time since 1983.
The Dukes were predicted to finish sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association and their season started off bleakly, without even a thought of a NCAA tournament bid. They began the season 1-5, but went on to finish 19-9 in their last 28 games. With the strong comeback this season, JMU beat out top-seeded Northeastern University in the CAA Championship last week.
With Wednesday night’s win, the Dukes advance to round two and will play the Indiana Hoosiers. A 16-seed has never advanced past the second round by beating a No. 1 seed, and JMU will attempt to do so.
The chances of beating the Hoosiers are slim-to-none. However, if the Dukes are on a run, they could give the Hoosiers a run for their money. Tune in as the Dukes will attempt to accomplish the impossible (or at least highly improbable) in Dayton, Ohio on Friday, March 22 at 4:10 pm eastern.