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Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
James Madison Dukes
Long Island University Blackbirds
Boise State Broncos
La Salle Explorers
Credit: JMU Athletics Communications
Two more teams will clinch their bids in the NCAA Tournament’s proper field of 64 tonight at UD Arena, and we’re hoping to name at least one of them here. That didn’t happen on Tuesday. Liberty and Middle Tennessee State, we hardly knew ye. Thanks for getting us off to an 0-for-2 start this year and reminding us why this is the greatest sporting event of them all.Congratulations to North Carolina A&T and Saint Mary’s for advancing and – in the Gaels case – earning the chance to do some damage. That’s certainly the last time we pick against Matthew Dellavedova, who was outstanding against the Blue Raiders’ pressure defense. Let’s hope for some better luck tonight.
No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn (20-13, NEC champion) vs. No. 16 James Madison (20-14, CAA champion)
Rayshawn Goins is the headliner in this game for all the wrong reasons. His weekend arrest has clouded the Dukes’ first NCAA appearance in 19 seasons and robs his team of its leading scorer and rebounder for the first half. Goins will be suspended and forced to watch his teammates try to hang in without him.
That spells bad news against a Blackbirds team that is making its second straight trip to the tournament and features a couple of special players in senior forward Jamal Olsaewere and junior guard Jason Brickman. Olsaewere checks in averaging 18.9 points and 8.5 rebounds while Brickman leads the nation in assists at 8.5 per game. That inside-out combination will carry LIU-Brooklyn into a Friday matchup with East Region No. 1 seed Indiana.
The pick – LIU-Brooklyn
No. 13 La Salle (21-9, at-large) vs. No. 13 Boise State (21-10, at-large)
Dominant backcourts highlight this matchup of programs from surprising five-bid conferences. The Explorers are making their first NCAA appearance in 21 years after surviving the resurgent Atlantic 10 while the Broncos earned their first at-large bid in school history thanks to the collective strength of the Mountain West.
Ramon Galloway, Tyreek Duren and Tyrone Garland check in at 44.8 points per game for La Salle while Anthony Drmic, Derrick Marks and Jeff Elorriaga combine for 43.9 points per game for Boise State. We like Elorriaga to make the difference in this one thanks to his 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio, 45.1 percent shooting from 3-point range and 63.4 percent effective field goal percentage. The Broncos’ efficiency will win out over the Explorers’ energy.
The pick – Boise State
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Imagine that you are your teammates are celebrating your school and its basketball team making it to the big dance for the first time since 1994, and your selection Sunday celebration gets interrupted by a couple of police officers looking for the star player.
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James Madison coach Matt Brady has suspended scoring and rebounding leader Rayshawn Goins for the first half of the Dukes' NCAA tournament game after Goins was arrested over the weekend.
The school says the suspension for the First Four game against LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday night is in accordance with JMU policy.
Harrisonburg police say Goins was arrested Sunday on charges...
James Madison is making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 19 years.
Leading scorer and rebounder Rayshawn Goins won't make his first appearance until the second half.
Goins was suspended by Dukes coach Matt Brady for the first 20 minutes of the First Four game on Wednesday night against LIU Brooklyn (20-13). Goins was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with...
James Madison waited 19 years between NCAA appearances.
Leading scorer and rebounder Rayshawn Goins will have to wait 20 minutes longer.
Goins was suspended by Dukes coach Matt Brady for the first half of the Dukes' First Four game on Wednesday night against LIU Brooklyn after his arrest over the weekend on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing justice.
DukesofJMU.com: JMU To Play LIU In First Round, PF Goins Arrested
Rayshawn Goins, the animated senior power forward who helped lead JMU to its first Colonial Athletic Association basketball championship in 19 years, was arrested Sunday night – mere hours after he attended the selection show at the Convo – on charges of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct, police said...
The James Madison basketball program has waited 19 years to make a return appearance in the NCAA tournament and for JMU's leading scorer Rayshawn Goins it'll take 20 minutes longer.
The senior forward will have to sit out the first half of Tuesday night's game against LIU-Brooklyn after being suspended by coach Matt Brady after Goins was arrested late Saturday night...
James Madison is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994, but the Dukes' leading scorer, Rayshawn Goins, was arrested on Selection Sunday.
Record:20-14, 11-7 CAA
Seed:16-seed in East Region
Coach:Matt Brady, fifth season, first NCAA tournament appearance
Last NCAA tournament appearance:Lost to Florida in first round (1994)
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Indiana tips off the NCAA Tournament on Friday as a No. 1 seed for the first time since 1993. The Hoosiers will play the James Madison Dukes, champions of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes advanced to the second round of the tournament with a 68-55 win over LIU-Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
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