HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison men's basketball team is preparing to play Towson is the opening game of the CAA Tournament.
The Dukes are the No. 8 seed while the Tigers are seeded at No. 9. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, South Carolina.
JMU and Towson played twice in the regular season with each team winning on their home floor. The Dukes defeated the Tigers, 74-65, in Harrisonburg on Jan. 12 while Towson returned the favor, 66-59, in Maryland on Feb. 9.
"Towson is going to be very physical," said JMU sophomore forward Dwight Wilson. "The fear of losing is going to drive them even more so we gotta match their intensity, match their physicality."
"They are going to try and punk us. We can't let any of that happen. We can't have any lapses."
Senior forward Phillips suspended
JMU will be without senior forward Develle Phillips who has been suspended for the CAA Tournament due to a violation of team rules. James Madison head coach Louis Rowe released the following statement about Phillips Friday afternoon:
“This program holds itself to certain standards and we will not compromise them,” Rowe said. “When those standards are not met, there are consequences. We regret that Develle will not be with us, but no individual is bigger than the culture that we have built and continue to build in this program.”