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NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket: James Madison Dukes preview

The Dukes always find a way.

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Who? The Dukes of James Madison.

When do they play in the first round? They play Ohio State on Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

What? Named for the university president who got the equipment for the first men's basketball team. Duke and the Duke Dog came later.

Where? Harrisonburg, Virginia, home to the Virginia Quilt Museum.

Why? They won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

How? JMU's leading scorer, Precious Hall, shot 1-20 from the field, but Jazmon Gwathmey picked up the slack, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, in their 62-56 win over a scrappy Hofstra team.

Surprise? Predicted to finish first in the conference, they were the regular season champions, finishing three games ahead of Drexel.

RPI: 29

SOS: 141

Record: 29-3 (17-1 CAA)

Good wins: Pittsburgh.

Bad losses: Hofstra.

Who's running this show? Kenny Brooks, since 2002. Had an interstice at VMI (obviously on the men's side, since VMI is scared of girls).

Extra, Extra! The Daily News-Record, though the Rivals connection scares me a little.

No wonder I like this team- they have three former BEasties! (yes, I know Syracuse is in the ACC now, work with me here)

Junior guard Precious Hall provides the primary scoring punch for the Dukes, at 20.9 points per game. Senior center Lauren Okafor is right at double-double range, at 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and isn't afraid to throw her weight around. Junior point guard Angela Mickens runs the show, with 7.5 assists against 2.6 turnovers, adding 2.2 steals. This is not a team to be trifled with, because they will cause you pain. And then they will beat you.

Your intrepid blogger is, of course, pleased at the 9.3 points for former Johnnie Ashley Perez, the Dukes' sixth woman.