NCAA Tournament March Madness

#52 James Madison

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Projected seed: 12 (automatic qualifier)

James Madison's season paints a picture of a team that's been hammering away and collecting wins, making them hard to ignore come March. Their signature win against Michigan State on the road stands out as a testament to their potential to upset top-tier teams. However, they have shown vulnerability in their conference, dropping games to Appalachian State and Southern Miss, revealing a need for consistent execution against high-caliber opponents. While prolific offensively, their defensive metrics indicate a potential stumbling block against teams that can match their scoring or exploit their defensive lapses. The Dukes' resume suggests they are a classic case of a talented squad from a mid-major conference that could be a tough out if they shore up defensively, but could also be prone to an early exit if they run into a team that can challenge them on both ends of the floor. Their remaining conference games offer a chance to bolster their case, with the conference tournament serving as their ultimate proving ground to solidify their footing.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6@Michigan St25W79-76
11/9@Kent200W113-108
11/12Howard278W107-86
11/17Radford215W76-73
11/21(N)S Illinois110W82-76
11/22(N)Fresno St195W95-64
11/29Buffalo350W81-66
12/9@Old Dominion295W84-69
12/16@Hampton333W88-71
12/19Coppin St355W87-48
12/22@Morgan St329W89-75
12/30Texas St189W82-65
1/4@Louisiana137W68-61
1/6@Southern Miss214L81-71
1/11South Alabama205W89-55
1/13Appalachian St75L59-55
1/18ULM291W89-70
1/20Marshall236W67-52
1/24@Old Dominion295W78-62
1/27@Appalachian St75L82-76
2/1Coastal Car317W105-67
2/3Old Dominion295W78-63
2/7@Arkansas St140W77-73
2/10Akron100W73-59
2/15Georgia St210W83-63
2/17Ga Southern289W87-80
2/21@Marshall236W84-58
2/24@Ga Southern289W80-74
2/28@Georgia St210W84-78
3/1@Coastal Car317W86-76