|Long Island||J Olasewere 18.9||J Olasewere 8.5||J Brickman 8.5|
|James Madison||R Goins 12.7||R Goins 7.4||D Moore 4.9|
16th-seeded Long Island battles 16th-seeded James Madison in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 6:40 p.m. ET and it can be seen on truTV. The Blackbirds have not played the Dukes since the 2000-01 season, when they lost 69-66.
In a 91-70 beatdown of Mount St. Mary's on Mar. 12, C.J. Garner put up 31 points for the Blackbirds. He tallies 16.1 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.5 steals per game. For the Dukes, A.J. Davis put up 26 points and seven rebounds in the 70-57 win over Northeastern on Mar. 11. He contributes 3.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 12.1 points per game.
Long Island has an advantage in a single key statistical area, scoring, where the Blackbirds have an edge over the Dukes, 79.5 points per game to 65.2 points per game. James Madison ranks first in their conference in turnover percentage at 17.2, which also places them 33rd in the country.
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- The Long Island scoring leader (Jamal Olasewere, 585 points) has more points than the James Madison scoring leader (Rayshawn Goins, 418 points).
- The Long Island rebounding leader (Jamal Olasewere, 264 rebounds) has more rebounds than the James Madison rebounding leader (Rayshawn Goins, 243 rebounds).
- Long Island has a better record at home than James Madison this season (12-2 vs. 10-4).
- Long Island has a potent offense, scoring more points (79.5 per game vs. 65.2 per game) than James Madison this season.
- The NEC has a conference RPI that is better than the CAA (No. 20 vs. No. 24).
- Jason Brickman is ranked 1st nationally in assists.
- The NEC has 2 teams - Long Island (38.5 percent) and Robert Morris (38.0 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the CAA leader, William & Mary (37.7 percent).
- The NEC has 8 teams - Long Island (79.5), Bryant (74.1), Central Connecticut State (72.9), Quinnipiac (71.8), Robert Morris (71.3), St. Francis (NY) (70.3), Sacred Heart (70.2), and Mount St. Mary's (69.8) - that score more per game than the CAA leader, Northeastern (69.7).
- Even computers respect Long Island more. Long Island has a better RPI this season than James Madison (RPI: No. 174 vs. No. 184).