James Madison Dukes (4-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) on #1 North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
Nov. 20, 2022 — 12 p.m
Chapel Hill, NC – Dean E. Smith Center
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JMU Game Notes
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- After four straight lopsided victories, the James Madison men’s basketball player meets the nation’s No. 1 AP team for the first time in over 30 years and travels to North Carolina for a matchup at the Dean E. Smith Center Sunday noon.
- This is JMU’s first game against a No. 1 AP since meeting UNLV on January 2, 1991, an 89-65 away loss. This is also JMU’s first AP Top 5 matchup since they played 3rd-ranked Kansas State on November 12, 2010.
- The Dukes started the week with a 95-69 win over Howard in Washington, DC on Tuesday Noah Friedl‘s 23 points and a .594 team field goal percentage. JMU made straight 4-0 starts for the first time in program history and reached four straight games of 95 points or more for the first time ever in the Howard win. The Dukes have shot .500 or better from the field for the first time since January 2011.
- JMU also forced 20 turnovers against Howard after forcing 30 against Buffalo. JMU ranks 7th in Division I with 22.50 turnovers per game forced through the first four contests.
- With 105.2 points per game, JMU is second on offense in all of Division I, just 0.1 behind Arizona in first.
- The Dukes have a balanced goal attack led by Redshirt Senior Vado Morse, who averages 15.8 points per game, including 19.5 on this road trip. He is tied 11th in the nation in three-point matches (13) and is currently shooting a .520 clip from deep.
- Morse, Terence Edwards (13.5), Takal Molson (13.5) and Noah Freidel (12.5) have averaged over a dozen points each so far.
- The Dukes also have a 176-103 lead on the glass this season. The average margin of 18.25 ranks sixth in the country. JMU has had at least 12 rebounds on the offensive glass in each of its first four games.
RECOGNIZE THE TAR DEPOSITS
- The Tar Heels started 3-0 with victories over UNCW, College of Charleston and Gardner-Webb.
- With both being in the top 100 nationally, the Tar Heels are dominated by Caleb Love (20.7) and Armando Bacot (18.0).
- The Heels are known for denying shots and blocking out their opponents 22-6 in three games.
- Since all of the matchups occurred in the 1980s, the Tar Heels have won all three, although two encounters have been decided by one and two points.
- All three games before Sunday took place on neutral pitches. The Michael Jordan-led UNC teams eliminated the JMU at both the 1982 and 1983 NCAA tournaments, with the Dukes putting the Tar Heels to one of their toughest tests en route to the 1982 national title.
- The last meeting came at the 1989 Maui Invitational, an 80-79 nail biter in favor of the Tar Heels where UNC erased a 79-70 JMU lead in the final 55 seconds with the help of a three-pointer from Hubert Davis and a bombastic bank shot by King Rice.