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JMU roundup: Men's basketball schedule released

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James Madison University's men's basketball filled out the remainder of its 2012-13 schedule as the Colonial Athletic Association unveiled the 18-game conference slate this week.

The Dukes will play nine home games and nine road contests in CAA action. They will square off with eight opponents both home and away while facing Hofstra in a single home matchup (Jan. 31) and traveling to Northeastern for the only meeting with the Huskies (Feb. 20).

The league slate opens with four of the first six games on the road, beginning with a road date at Old Dominion on Jan. 2. That will be followed by Jan. 5 at Georgia State, Jan. 9 hosting UNCW, Jan. 12 hosting Drexel, Jan. 16 at George Mason and Jan. 19 at Towson.

JMU then opens a stretch of five out of six league games at the Convocation Center with Delaware (Jan. 23), Old Dominion (Jan. 26), Hofstra (Jan. 31), George Mason (Feb. 2) and William and Mary (Feb. 6) all at home sandwiched around a Jan. 28 trip to UNCW.

The final third of the schedule features Feb. 9 at Drexel, Feb. 13 hosting Towson, Feb. 16 at Delaware, Feb. 20 at Northeastern, Feb. 23 hosting Georgia State and March 2 at William and Mary.

Due to 11 teams competing in the CAA for the 2012-13 season, each playing date will have one team not in action. For JMU, that off date is Wed. Feb. 27.

The seven-team 2013 Virginia 529 CAA Championship will be held March 9-11 at the Richmond Coliseum.

All listed dates remain flexible and will not be finalized until the release of the league's television package in mid-October.

Men's soccer
James Madison University soccer player Josh Grant has been named Colonial Athletic Association men's soccer Rookie of the Week.

The Dukes' forward scored two goals on only three shots in JMU's 6-1 Aug. 31 home win over St. Bonaventure.

JMU followed that victory with a scoreless overtime tie at home against Temple on Sept. 2.

The Dukes' home unbeaten streak now stands at 13 games (11-0-2). JMU has not lost a home game since Nov. 6, 2010.

JMU is home for its next three games, beginning with a Sept. 11 (7 p.m.) match against defending NCAA champion North Carolina. The Tar Heels are ranked No. 1 in several national polls. Admission to the game at University Park is free.

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