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Tribe Set for 2013 CAA Championship in Richmond
Updated: Sunday 03/08/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team will open play in the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Championship, presented by Jani-King, against No. 3 seed James Madison on Saturday, March 9, at 8:30 p.m. The CAA Championship will once again be played at the Richmond Coliseum, March 9-11. The Tribe and Dukes will meet for the second time in a week and the contest will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, The Comcast Network Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet Houston Plus as well as selection other CAA TV regional providers. The W&M-JMU quarterfinal will also be available locally in the Hampton Road area on WTVZ MyTVZ, Saturday night. WTVZ MyTVZ in the Hampton Roads Area is Channel 2 on Cox Communications, Channel 33 on both DirectTV and Dish Network and Channel 11 on Verizon FiOS TV.

Tribe fans can catch the action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can be heard over the Web at TribeAthletics.com.

  Game Day Information  -  CAA Quarterfinals - Game 30 vs. James Madison
When:     Saturday, March 9, 2013, 8:30 PM
 Where:    Richmond, Va.  |  Visit Richmond
Venue:    Richmond Coliseum  |  Seating Chart
Resources:   
CAA Tournament Fan Guide  |   CAA Championship Website
Broadcast:    TV: CSN-MA+, TCN-P, CSN-H+Listen Online  | Live Stats
Tickets:    CAASports.com  |  Ticket Master
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  James Madison  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  James Madison  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe vs. James Madison (March 2)  |  Tribe at UNCW (Feb. 27)
Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- For the fourth time in the last five years, W&M and James Madison will meet in the CAA Tournament. While the Dukes lead the all-time series at 47-37, including a 69-67 win in Williamsburg on March 2, the Tribe has won the last two games in the CAA Tournament, including a 72-68 victory in 2011.

- The Tribe has enjoyed as much success as any team in the league when competing at the CAA Championship over the last five seasons. Since 2008, the Tribe owns six wins at the CAA Tournament, which is the second most to only Mason's seven among the teams in the 2013 Championship field. W&M and Mason are the only teams to appear in the CAA Championship Game twice over the last five years.

Scouting James Madison
James Madison enters the CAA Championship at 17-14 overall and 11-7 in CAA play. The No. 3 seeded Dukes downed the Tribe in their last outing, 69-67. W&M led JMU by 16 points at the half, but the Dukes forced W&M into 13 second-half turnovers and rallied for the two-point win on free throws from Devon Moore with 19.1 seconds remaining.

The Dukes are among the top defensive teams in the CAA, ranking third in scoring defense (64.7) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (43.0). They have been even better in league play, allowing just 60.8 points per game, which leads the CAA, while ranking third in field goal percentage defense at 41.1. JMU leads the league in turnover margin, forcing its opponents into 2.6 more turnovers per game, as well as ranking first in steals per game at 7.9.

A trio of fifth-year seniors lead the Dukes in scoring. Rayshawn Goins is the top scorer at 12.9 points per game, which ranks 16th in the CAA. He also leads the team in rebounds at 7.4 per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Senior Devon Moore averages 11.3 points per game and leads the CAA at 4.8 assists per game, including 12 in the first win over W&M on Feb. 6. He is ninth in the league in steals (1.4) and second in assist-to-turnover ratio. Senior A.J. Davis has been on a tear as of late, pushing his season average to 11.3 points per game, while shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range with two triples per game. He is averaging better than 20 points per game over the last seven contests. He scored a career-high 36 in the win over W&M in the regular season finale on his way to earning CAA Player of the Week honors.

The Dukes lead the all-time series with the Tribe at 47-37, including two wins during the regular season. JMU tallied an 81-71 victory in Harrisonburg on Feb. 6, before rallying past the Tribe 69-67 in Williamsburg on March 2.

So We Meet Again
Saturday's quarterfinal between the Tribe and JMU will not only be the second meeting between the two teams in a week, but also the fourth time in the last five seasons the teams have squared off in the CAA Tournament. In total, it will be the 10th all-time meeting in the CAA Tournament between the Tribe and Dukes with JMU holding a 6-3 advantage. The Tribe, though, has won the last two meetings with the teams in the CAA Tournament. W&M downed the Dukes, 72-68, behind Quinn McDowell's CAA Tournament record 35 points in 2011. The Tribe started its march to the 2010 CAA Championship Game with a 70-65 quarterfinal win over James Madison.

CAA Championship TV Schedule
All six games of the 2013 CAA Men's Basketball Championship, presented by Jani-King, will be televised. The three quarterfinals match-ups Saturday, March 9, will televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, The Comcast Network and WCAU in Philadelphia, and other CAA regional television partners. If the game is out-of-market in your area, it will be available on CAASports.com free of charge. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Tribe Tourney Success Under Shaver
No W&M head coach has enjoyed more success in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament than current Tribe headman Tony Shaver. In the 18 years prior to Shaver's arrival in Williamsburg, the College totaled just two CAA Tournament wins. Over the last nine under his direction, the Green and Gold owns seven league tournament wins, including the program's first two CAA Championship Game appearances in 2008 and 2010.

Winning at the CAA Tournament
Since 2008, the Tribe is among the elite in the league when it comes to winning at the CAA Championship. W&M is one of only two schools in the current field, along with George Mason, to compete in the CAA Championship Game on two occasions since 2008. Drexel is the only other team in the tournament to have played for the CAA Championship in the last five years, advancing to the title game last season. Only Mason's seven wins are more than the Tribe's six in the CAA Championship over the last five years.

High-Level Offense
Over the last nine games, the Tribe has been on the tear offensively. During the stretch, W&M is averaging 71.8 points and 15.9 assists per game, while shooting 52.1 percent (224-of-430) from the field, 46.7 percent (86-of-184) from 3-point range and 73.2 percent (112-of-153) from the free throw line. The Tribe is also averaging 1.16 points per possession over the nine games, including five contests of at least 1.2 points per possession. W&M shot better than 50 percent from the floor over the stretch on six occasions to go along with six games of 70 or more points. The Tribe owns five games of double-digits 3-pointers made, five games of 80 percent or better from the free throw line and five games of 18 or more assists over the last nine contests. On Feb. 13, W&M scored a season-high 92 points, marking the most points for a Tribe team in a regulation game against a Division I opponent since it scored 93 points in a win over Campbell on Nov. 26, 2005. The Green and Gold also turned out a season-high 1.33 points per possession against the Seahawks.

Britt Closing in on 1,000
Junior guard Brandon Britt is closing in on the 1,000-point mark for his career. He has 991 points over his three seasons and is only nine points shy of becoming the 34th player in W&M history with 1,000 career points. The Chesapeake, Va., native will be the eighth player under head coach Tony Shaver to accomplish the feat, joining Adam Hess, Corey Cofield, Laimis Kisielius, Nathan Mann, David Schneider, Danny Sumner and Quinn McDowell. The seven 1,000-point scorers are the most by any Tribe head coach in school history.

Success from 3
With its 11 3-pointers at George Mason on Feb. 23, the Tribe surpassed 200 made triples for the seventh straight season. Over the last seven seasons, the College made 200 or more from long range, averaging 234 3-pointers per season. Since 2006-07, W&M leads the CAA in 3-pointers made per game at 7.48 (1638/219 games). This season, the Tribe leads the CAA in 3-pointers made per game (7.4) and ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.4). The 37.4 percent shooting from 3-point range is the best since 1988, the second season of the 3-point line in college basketball, when the Tribe shot 39.6 percent. The Green and Gold ranks 43rd nationally in 3-point percentage and 57th in 3-pointers per game, as March 3. W&M set CAA records for 3-pointers made in 2008 (257) and then again in 2010 with 295, which are the top two marks in Tribe history. W&M canned 250 3-pointers in 2011, which ranks third in program annals, followed by 218 in 2012, 216 in 2013, 202 in 2009 and 200 in 2007.

Rum to Set School Record
In the Tribe's regular season game against James Madison, senior Matt Rum tied the W&M program record for games played with his 126th appearance. After equaling the record held by former Tribe standout Quinn McDowell, the current Tribe captain will eclipse the mark in the Tribe's CAA Quarterfinal against James Madison and become the program's all-time leader. He also ranks 16th on the program's career minutes played list at 2,783.

Thornton Shooting the 3
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton is shooting the ball exceptionally well from 3-point range and in the process, leads the CAA at 3.1 3-pointers per game and 43.3 percent from 3-point range. He also ranks among the national top 20 in both categories, coming in 10th in 3-pointers made and 20th in 3-point percentage, as of March 3. Thornton has been even better recently, shooting 50.5 percent (49-of-97) from long range over the last 13 contests to go with 3.8 3-pointers per game. His overall 3.1 threes per game currently ranks better than the W&M single-season mark of three 3-pointers per game from David Schneider in 2010, while his 3-point percentage would be the fifth best in program annals. Thornton has been even better in CAA contests, hitting 3.7 3-pointers per game. On eight occasions this season, he has knocked down five or more 3-pointers in a game, including a career-high seven at Old Dominion. Thornton is already moving his way up the W&M career lists ranking third in 3-pointers per game (2.08), fourth in 3-point percentage (39.9) and 12th in total threes made (127).

Thornton Scores 500 Points, Closing in on Sophomore Record
With his 22-point performance at George Mason on Feb. 23, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton became the 18th player in W&M history to score 500 points in a season. He closed out the regular season with 540 points which ranks 11th on the Tribe single-season scoring list. In fact, it is just six points shy of breaking the Tribe sophomore record of 545 points held by Bob Sherwood in 1968. Thornton is averaging 18.6 points per game, which ranks second in the CAA and 33rd nationally, as of March 3. His scoring average is the 17th-best single-season mark in W&M history and the best since Adam Hess averaged 20.3 points per game in 2004.

Resurgent Rum
After struggling out of the gate in 2012-13, senior guard Matt Rum has closed the season strong. Over the Tribe's opening nine games in 2012, the Baltimore, Md., native struggled shooting the ball, hitting on just 19.5 percent from the field and 17.2 percent from 3-point range on the way to averaging only four points per game.  As the Tribe heated up over the close of the regular season, so has Rum. Over the final six games of the regular season, he averaged 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and three assists per game, while shooting 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field, 50 percent (9-of-18) from 3-point range and 100 percent (6-of-6) from the free throw line. The ultimate glue guy, who does a little bit of everything for the Tribe, Rum shot better than 50 percent from the field in five of last six games and connected at a 50 percent or better clip from 3-point range in four of those contests. He pulled down seven or more rebounds in four of the last six games, including leading the team with eight in the last two tilts at UNCW and vs. James Madison. Over the last 14 games, Rum is shooting 40.8 percent (20-of-49) from 3-point range and hitting 1.5 triples per contest.










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