Tuesday, November 12, 2013
JMU, Liberty set to square off on ESPN3
One down, two to go?
That's JMU's mentality as the Dukes invade Liberty Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the second round of their self-described "Get Back Tour."
The contest will air on ESPN3, which will also broadcast the Lady Flames' home contests against Virginia (Nov. 19), Richmond (Dec. 3), Radford (Dec. 7), Campbell (Dec. 28) and Gardner-Webb (Jan. 9). The games will also be video streamed for free on the Big South Network.
The Dukes' first three games this season - Virginia, at Liberty, Richmond - are against teams that beat them a year ago. During his weekly press conference Monday, Brooks said avenging those losses has been a motivating theme for his group throughout the preseason.
JMU accomplished Step One of its mission on Friday, when the Dukes ran past UVa. 63-46. Next up: the Lady Flames, who knocked off JMU 60-48 in Harrisonburg in 2012.
Tonight's game pits two superior rebounding teams, so a key could be which team can give the other fewest misses to rebound. Last season, the Dukes shot a ghastly 26.8 percent against the Lady Flames. Now if any team can win with that kind of shooting percentage it's JMU, as we've seen the Dukes do it before. But it's a huge ask on the road against a team of Liberty's caliber.
Meanwhile, Liberty will try to take better care of the ball than it did in its season-opening loss at Charlotte, when the Lady Flames committed 30 turnovers.
Finally, a special shoutout to JMU's Kirby Burkholder, who was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Co-Player of the Week after her 24-point, 16-rebound effort against Virginia.
Other Tuesday games:
George Mason at Morehead State, 6 p.m.
- Talisha Watts and the Patriots look to build on some encouraging performances in their season-opening loss at East Carolina.
Lynchburg at Radford, 7 p.m.
- Ayana Avery and Co. will be out to make it two straight against Division III foes at home before heading out for a gauntlet of tough road games.