Ticket Punched: James Madison captures Colonial to snap 19-year NCAA tournament drought

Kyle Ringo
The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

It's safe to say James Madison head coach Matt Brady is no longer on the hot seat.

A coaching tenure filled with injuries to key personnel didn't stop some from asking prior to this season whether Brady might be in over his head. Brady's team answered the naysayers emphatically by knocking off top-seeded Northeastern 70-57 to win the Colonial Athletic Conference

James Madison will be making its fifth NCAA tournament appearance and its first since 1994. The Dukes have a history of upsets in the tournament. In three consecutive tournament appearances 1981-83, they knocked off Georgetown, Ohio State and Western Virginia. The 1982 team nearly beat North Carolina, losing by two in a second-round game.

It wasn't necessarily a surprise to see James Madison finally get the job done. It was a No. 3 seed after all and Northeastern won the only previous game between the teams this season by two points on a jumper in the final 3 seconds. The surprising part was the margin of victory.

James Madison surged to a 22-point halftime lead, survived a strong run from the Huskies that trimmed the lead to single digits in the middle of the second half and then pulled away once again. A.J. Davis led the Dukes with 26 points.

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