James Madison played well out of the gate and held a 40-18 lead at halftime. Northeastern fought back in the second half using a full court press, speeding up the game and forcing Dukes' players into turnovers. The Huskies managed to cut the lead to 10, but James Madison answered every Northeastern run with a run of their own.
This is James Madison's fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament, and their first since 1994. They were the No. 14 seed that season, losing the in the first round to the No. 3 Florida Gators 64-62.
SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean had Northeastern slotted as a No. 16 seed in his latest bracket projections, and will likely have James Madison as a 16 seed.