ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with Brent Harris handling the play-by-play duties and Glenn Consor providing analysis. The contest can also be heard live on WNST-AM (1570) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.
SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers welcome the James Madison Dukes to the Towson Center Saturday for the second to last home game of the 2011-12 season. Saturday will be a BLACK OUT and all fans are encouraged to wear black to the game. It will also be Alumni Day as 12 former Tigers return to the Towson Center. The battle between the Tigers and Dukes is being sponsored by PNC Bank.
HUSTLE PLAYS: Towson has improved vastly this year in two areas that head coach Pat Skerry credits to hustle – defense & rebounding. Last year in 18 conference games, Towson held just three opponents under 42 percent shooting and won the battle of the boards just five times. In fewer games this season, the Tigers have held six opponents under 42 percent and have won the rebounding battle in nine of 14 league games.
ON THE GLASS: ADVANTAGE TOWSON: The Tigers will look to dominate the boards Saturday against the Dukes. The Tigers own a +4.1 rebounding advantage per game in their last eight contests while JMU ranks 11th in the CAA with a -4.4 rebounding discrepancy.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite a season-high tying 19 points and nine rebounds from senior Robert Nwankwo, Towson fell, 66-43, at VCU on Wednesday. Nwankwo paced the Tigers on the boards for the 22nd time this season, just missing his 11th double-double while shooting 7-for-13 from the field. Freshman Kris Walden, returning to his hometown of Richmond, Va., handed out a game-high six assists.
SCOUTING THE DUKES: James Madison has dropped five straight games and seven of its last eight. The Dukes are led in scoring by backcourt duo A.J. Davis and Humpty Hitchens. Davis is fourth in the CAA averaging 16.6 points per game while Hitchens is just behind in fifth at 15.5 points a contest. JMU excels from beyond the arc, leading the league making 7.7 triples per game. The Dukes shoot 36.0 percent from three-point range, a mark that ranks second in the CAA.