Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(JMU) Dukes, meet Duke

Just three games this evening but two of them are big ones, especially in one in Harrisonburg.

Tuesday's games

#5 Duke (6-0) at James Madison (3-2), 7 p.m.
Coaches will say that all games are important, but for most women's basketball teams, very few of their contests become campus-wide events. This one should qualify, though, as the Dukes host a Top-5 team for just the second time in coach Kenny Brooks' 9-year tenure (a 71-65 loss to Kristi Toliver-led No. 4 Maryland in 2007). A year ago in Durham, the Blue Devils prevailed 79-65. Dawn Evans finished with 31 points but made just 7 of 27 shots and coughed up 7 turnovers. In addition, JMU's five post players were a combined 0-for-11 from the field. Obviously the Dukes will need a much stronger inside presence this time to keep the athletic Blue Devils from swarming Evans again. Productive low-post play isn't something you can always count on at JMU. But if they have any hope of sending what should be an electric crowd home happy, they'll desperately need some tonight.  Duke 82, JMU 72

Old Dominion (3-1) at Florida (5-1), 7 p.m.
The Lady Monarchs already have two quality wins (Louisville, Georgia Tech), and while Florida is hardly an SEC power at this stage, getting this win on the road would say a lot about this ODU team's development. The Gators have struggled shooting the ball so far and ODU has been effectively aggressive defensively, so we expect them to guard the Gators much better than they did in last year's disappointing 81-67 home loss to Florida. Rebounding is the key; the Lady Monarchs have been subpar on the glass while Florida has won the rebounding battle in every game they've played so far. If ODU can at least hold its own on the boards - and foul trouble doesn't become a major issue as it did at N.C. State - we like the Lady Monarchs' chances. ODU 63, Florida 59

Glenville State (3-3) at Liberty (2-4), 7 p.m.
A relative breather for the Lady Flames after games at Texas A&M and Baylor. Glenville State plays fast and fires up a ton of shots, but Liberty is too sound a defensive team for that style to hold up long. On the other end, the Lady Flames should find little resistance and should have little trouble posting a score in the 80s. Liberty prevailed 86-45 when these teams met last year.  Liberty 88, Glenville State 48

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