THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2000
Men's Basketball Game Notes for Savannah State

Dec. 28, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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Jacksonville University Basketball: JU is in its 53rd season of basketball with an overall record of 734-624 (.541), dating back to the 1948-49 season. The Dolphins competed at the junior college level from 1948-57 and as a four-year NAIA institution from 1957-65. JU began NCAA Division I play in 1965-66 as an independent and was a charter member of the Sun Belt Conference in 1976. The Dolphins, who joined the Trans America Athletic Conference prior to the 1998-99 season, have appeared in five NCAA Tournaments, and advanced the NCAA Championship game in 1970 before falling to UCLA, 80-69. JU almumi include Artis Gilmore, Dee Brown, Otis Smith and James Ray.

Head Coach Hugh Durham: Head coach Hugh Durham is in his fourth season at Jacksonville, his 33rd season overall as a collegiate head coach. Durham, who is in his sixth decade of coaching, has posted a 35-55 (.393) record in his three-plus seasons at JU, and has a career record of 562-365 (.607) in 32-plus seasons. Durham currently ranks 13th all-time among active NCAA Division I coaches with 562 wins, and is one of just 11 NCAA Division I coaches to lead two different schools to the NCAA Final Four.

Fast Start: At 7-0, the Dolphins got off to their best start in 21 years. Jacksonville opened the season 7-0 for the first time since the 1979-80 season, when the Dolphins went 10-0 under Tates Locke before eventually losing to UNC-Charlotte, 68-65. Following a last-second loss to South Alabama, JU went on to win six more games and stood at 16-2 at the end of January. The Dolphins' best start ever was 13-0 during the during the magical 1969-70 season. Florida State eventually ended the JU streak with an 89-83 win in Tallahassee on Jan. 27, 1970. The coach of the Seminoles was Hugh Durham.

Getting Defensive: One of the keys to the Dolphins turnaround this season has been improvement on defense. JU leads the TAAC and ranks 12th nationally allowing just 59.3 points per game, including four games where the Dolphins have allowed 46 points or less. JU is holding opponents to a conference-best .388 field goal percentage, including .264 from three-point range, while outrebounding opponents by 5.2 boards a game. The Dolphins are also forcing 17.8 turnovers per game, and lead the TAAC in blocks (5.40 bpg), while ranking second in the league with 9.33 steals per contest. Last season, JU allowed opponents to shoot .482 from the field and ranked ninth in the TAAC, allowing 72.8 points per game.