Bracket Projection: James Madison

Rayshawn Goins (33) will be a matchup problem for opponents in the NCAA tournament. Wally Caddow/Icon SMI

The James Madison Dukes are making their first NCAA appearance since 1994. Coach Matt Brady and the Dukes have had an up-and-down season but posted a convincing victory over top-seeded Northeastern en route to becoming CAA tournament champions. Can the Dukes win their first NCAA game since 1983?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

The Dukes dominated a good Northeastern team to win the CAA championship and, when whole, can be as good as most of the No. 14 and No. 15 seeds in the field. So I think they survive this opening round game, even without Rayshawn Goins for a half, before giving Indiana a scare in the next round. Either way, I hope JMU enjoys Dayton, as they figure to be there for a few days.


Best wins: Delaware, at Delaware, Delaware (CAA tournament), Northeastern (CAA tournament)

Worst losses: at Georgia State, at Hampton, at Drexel, Georgia State