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James Madison at Chattanooga: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

James Madison at Chattanooga: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

This may be the first-ever meeting between the James Madison and Chattangooga football programs on Saturday afternoon, but the Dukes will have fond memories of a 2004 I-AA National Championship victory over Montana at the same venue. 

James Madison enter the contest 2-1, bouncing back from an opening loss to West Virginia with easy wins over St. Francis (PA) and Morgan State. When the Dukes travel to Tennessee, however, they'll be expecting more of a fight. 

Chattanooga comes in 1-2 and will be looking to bounce back from the 45-0 demolition from FBS neighbors Tennessee. 

James Madison at Chattanooga Week 4

Who: James Madison Dukes (2-1) at Chattanooga Scrappy Mocs (1-2)

What: Week 4 of the college football regular season

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 4 p.m.

Where: Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

TV Channel: ESPN+

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington Live Stream

Radio: JMU Sprint Broadcast Network

Point Spread: James Madison -21.5

Over/Under: N/A

Weather: 89 degrees, sunny

James Madison 2019 season schedule:

Week 1: Saturday, 8/31, James Madison at West Virginia (13-20, L)

Week 2: Saturday, 9/7, James Madison vs. St. Francis (PA) (44-7, W)

Week 3: Saturday, 9/14, James Madison vs. Morgan State (63-12, W)

Week 4: Saturday, 9/21, James Madison at Chattanooga 

Week 5: Saturday, 9/28, James Madison at Elon

Week 6: Saturday, 10/5, James Madison at Stony Brook

Week 7: Saturday, 10/12, James Madison vs. Villanova

Week 8: Saturday, 10/19, James Madison at William and Mary

Week 9: Saturday, 10/26, James Madison vs. Towson 

Week 10: Saturday, 11/9, James Madison vs. New Hampshire

Week 11: Saturday, 11/16, James Madison vs. Richmond

Week 12: Saturday, 11/23, James Madison at Rhode Island

Santos-Silva, defense lead VCU past No. 23 LSU, 84-82

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Santos-Silva, defense lead VCU past No. 23 LSU, 84-82

RICHMOND, Va. -- Will Wade was concerned about turnovers before bringing No. 23 LSU to the Siegel Center, where he spent six seasons and watched VCU frustrate opponents with a frenetic pressing, trapping defensive style. He tried to prepare the Tigers for what they would face.

It didn't work.

"You can't simulate this," Wade said, gesturing toward the arena where the band is loud, the creative fans sit right on top of the court and the sellout streak has reached 137 games. "You can't simulate what they do, and they do it every night."

Former Wade recruit Marcus Santos-Silva had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and VCU turned 26 turnovers into 37 points in an 84-82 victory Wednesday night. The game ended, fittingly, with Skylar Mays losing control on a desperate drive for a tying basket.

"This is my fourth year of college basketball and this is No. 1," Mays said. "This is the toughest environment I've ever played in."

The Rams (3-0), whose contract with Wade mandated he bring his new team to the Siegel Center or have his school pay $250,000, improved to 5-2 against ranked opponents on their home court, and they did it after withstanding a furious rally at the finish.

The Tigers (1-1) took their first lead since early in the first half on two free throws by Mays with 41 seconds left.

"Sometimes you have to put your guts out on the court, make plays, figure it out, find a way," Rams coach Mike Rhoades said.

LSU had a chance after Santos-Silva made one of two free throws with 4.9 seconds left, but Mays lost the ball.

De'Riante Jenkins and Marcus Evans added 15 points each for VCU, which was outscored 46-30 in the paint.

Mays led the Tigers with 23 points, but also had seven turnovers. Javonte Smart added 15 points and Trendon Watford scored 11.

The Rams led for most of the game, but a 15-2 run by the Tigers -- despite a stretch of five turnovers in six possessions -- tied it at 67-all with 8:56 to go. The Rams responded with an 11-4 run started by Santos-Silva to lead 78-71 with 3:22 to play.

"We didn't have much of an answer for Santos-Silva down low," Wade said.

But the Tigers rallied again, scoring 11 of the next 14 points to take an 82-81 lead.

Jenkins, fouled on a 3-point try, then made two of three free throws, and the Tigers missed their final three field-goal tries.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: Wade said he was concerned about how much the Tigers turned the ball over in their opener against Bowling Green, surely with an eye toward the "havoc" style Rhoades has reintroduced at VCU. The Rams made them believers, forcing 12 first-half takeaways and turning them into 24 points.

VCU: The Rams had trouble getting the ball inside, but their 3-point shooting and defense bailed them out, especially during an 18-4 first-half run. In one sequence, Isaac Vann made a 3 for VCU, which then forced a turnover, leading to Evans' 3. The Tigers then turned it over again, leading to a 3 by Vince Williams. All in 53 seconds.

BLISTERING BURST

The Rams bought the crowd to its feet late in the first half with the 18-4 burst that allowed them to open a 48-33 lead.

It was something Wade -- who spent four seasons as an assistant under Shaka Smart and two as VCU's head coach before leaving for LSU in 2017 -- acknowledged having seen many times in the arena.

"It's usually better when you're on the other side," he said.

HE SAID IT

"Now I can go back to rooting for VCU." -- Wade, who was jeered and booed when he appeared on the court. Five Rams fans were dressed as FBI agents near the LSU bench, and others had fake money spilling out of their hats, a reference to last year when Wade was named in a Yahoo Sports report about excerpts of an FBI wiretap that captured the coach speaking with Christian Dawkins, who was convicted of funneling illegal payments to the families of college basketball recruits. Wade denied wrongdoing.

UP NEXT

The Tigers should have a much easier time in their next outing, at home against Nicholls on Saturday.

The Rams continue a six-game homestand to open the season, welcoming Jacksonville State on Sunday.

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Nolley, Hokies too much for USC Upstate in win

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Nolley, Hokies too much for USC Upstate in win

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Landers Nolley II scored 23 points to lift Virginia Tech to an 80-57 victory over USC Upstate on Wednesday.

Nolley connected on 8 of 14 from the floor to pace the Hokies (3-0), who shot 53.4% (31 of 58) and connected on 13 3-pointers. Jalen Cone added 11 points.

Nolley, a redshirt freshman, scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half. He now is averaging better than 21 points on the season.

"Your better players are going to get the majority of the shots," Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young said. "This isn't a democracy. This isn't we're all created equal. Those good ones, they love playing for me because we get them to where they want to be. . he's got a little more of a green light than the others. That's just the way it's going to be."

Everette Hammond led the Spartans (1-3) with 15 points.

Virginia Tech trailed early in the game, falling behind 16-11, but the Hokies' Nahiem Alleyne hit baskets on back-to-back possessions, including a 3-pointer, and he sparked a 20-4 run that gave Virginia Tech the lead for good.

Four different Hokies hit 3-pointers in that run. The Hokies shot 51.9% (14 of 27) in the first half and led 38-24 at halftime.

"Our defense is everything," Nolley said. "Our defense helps us go down to the other end and have good offense. So, we just feed off our defense, and that's what makes us run. That makes our team flow."

The Spartans, who missed all 15 of their 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes, cut the lead to nine on two occasions in the second half -- the final time coming on two free throws by Hammond with 11:18 remaining. But the Hokies then went on a 10-0 run and ended any hopes of a comeback.

USC Upstate made just 3-of-25 3-point attempts.

"They made shots, and we didn't," USC Upstate coach Dave Dickerson said. "That's the bottom line. We were 3-for-25 from the 3-point line, and 23 of those were really, good shots that we've got to take, and we've got to be able to make. . they're a 3-point shooting team, and they made 13 tonight. We were not able to make any, and that was the difference in the game."

TIP-INS

USC Upstate: The Spartans, whose roster consists of 12 freshmen and sophomores, would do well to shoot fewer 3-pointers. They came into the game shooting 28.9% from beyond the arc and then missed their first 17 3-pointers against the Hokies. They'll need better shot selection if they want to improve on their six-win total from last year.

Virginia Tech: Cone, a freshman played his best game, coming off the bench to score 11 points hitting three 3-pointers. He and the Hokies' other freshman guard, Hunter Cattoor, combined for 20 points. Virginia Tech doesn't have a deep bench and will need to get more from both players going forward.

UP NEXT

USC Upstate: The Spartans returns to the court Monday at Akron.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play at home against Lehigh on Saturday.

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