Nov 28, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT
After a rare night off in CAA men’s basketball, five teams return to the court on Wednesday night. Here’s a quick breakdown of each match-up.
Maine at Northeastern – 7 p.m. – Coming off a successful trip to Alaska, Northeastern returns to the friendly confines of Matthews Arena to face New England rival Maine. With a win tonight, the Huskies can reach the five-win mark in the month of November for the first time in program history. Northeastern has won seven of its past eight meetings with the Black Bears in a series that dates all the way back to 1920. Senior guard Joel Smith, who is averaging a team-best 17.8 ppg, needs two three-pointers to pass Chaisson Allen for third place on the school’s all-time treys list. Smith has hit at least one three in 55 of his last 58 games, so there’s a good chance he’ll get it.
George Washington at James Madison – 7 p.m. – NBC Sports Network – After being the last Division I team to begin the regular season, JMU finally plays its home opener against GW. The game matches the only two Division I programs whose schools are named for U.S. Presidents. The Dukes are a perfect 4-0 in home openers under coach Matt Brady and they defeated the Colonials on the road last season. Senior forward Rayshawn Goins leads JMU in scoring (16.8 ppg), rebounding (8.6 rpg) and FG percentage (50%). The Dukes have also gotten good contributions from freshmen Andre Nation (10.4 ppg) and Ron Curry (7.0 ppg).
Delaware at Lafayette – 7 p.m. – Delaware plays its seventh consecutive game away from Newark as it visits Lafayette. The Blue Hens have won the last six meetings in the series, including victories in each of the past three seasons. Junior guard Devon Saddler earned CAA Player of the Week honors after averaging 28.3 ppg in setbacks to Kansas State, Pittsburgh and Temple last week. Senior center Jamelle Hagins, who tops the CAA and is sixth nationally in rebounding (11.8 rpg), needs just four more boards to become the fifth player in UD history with 800 career rebounds. Hagins poured in a career-high 29 points at Temple last Sunday.
William & Mary at Richmond – 7 p.m. – In-state foes William & Mary and Richmond meet for the 198th time tonight as the Tribe plays its fourth road game of the year. The Spiders have a narrow 100-97 advantage in the series, but W&M hasn’t won in the Robins Center since the 2000-01 campaign. One interesting thing to watch: Richmond, which averages 7.3 made three-pointers per game, against a W&M defense that leads the nation in 3-point FG percentage (18.9%). The Tribe has gotten great play from its backcourt with Marcus Thornton ranking third in the league in scoring at 17.6 ppg and Brandon Britt adding 15.4 ppg.
George Mason at Rhode Island – 8 p.m. – CBS Sports Network – George Mason meets Rhode Island for the second straight season after the Patriots posted a 92-90 overtime win against the Rams in Paul Hewitt’s debut a year ago. Mason has won three of its last four games, with the only setback coming to nationally ranked New Mexico on a last-second three-pointer. Junior Sherrod Wright is averaging a team-high 15.0 ppg while junior forward Johnny Williams has made a successful return after sitting out last season with a shoulder injury, contributing 10.2 ppg and a team-high 6.2 rpg.
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