Aug. 24, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Complete 2004-05 Schedule in PDF Format
The 2004-05 Jacksonville University basketball schedule has an old-school look with seven teams from the state of Florida, including match-ups with both Florida and Florida State for the first time in six years. The Dolphins open the season against the powerhouse Gators on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena. JU will also play North Florida for the first time in a regular-season game on Nov. 23, in addition to a 20-game Atlantic Sun Conference slate. JU is guaranteed to make at least four television appearances, including two games on the Sunshine Network and Fox Sports Net, as well as two Atlantic Sun Conference games on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).
After opening the season against Florida, which has made six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, the Dolphins will host North Florida in their official home opener at historic Swisher Gymnasium. It will be the first meeting between the cross-town rivals since an exhibition game prior to the 2001-02 season. Atlantic Sun Conference play begins early for JU with home games against Georgia State (Dec. 2) and Mercer (Dec. 4) the first weekend in December.
"It's important to play well at home if you want to win the league," said head coach Hugh Durham, who is already the Dolphins' all-time winningest Division I coach as he enters his eighth season at JU. "We know how important it is to get off to a good start, especially with most of our home games early in the season."
Following the first pair of A-Sun games, the Dolphins will play four consecutive non-conference contests in December, including a Dec. 21st affair at Florida State, which will air live on the Sunshine Network. JU will also play Savannah State (Nov. 27 & Dec. 11), Tennessee Tech (Dec. 19) and Eckerd (Dec. 29) in preparation for the remainder of the conference schedule.
JU opens the New Year by hosting A-Sun rivals Stetson (Jan. 3) and Troy (Jan. 5). The upstart Hatters are many people's sleeper to win the league, while the Trojans have captured at least a share of the A-Sun Regular-Season title in four of the last five years. The road then gets much tougher for the Dolphins with eight of their final 12 contests on the road, including three straight at Campbell (Jan. 20), Gardner-Webb (Jan. 22) and Stetson (Jan. 26). JU also closes the season with three consecutive road games at Troy (Feb. 18), Georgia State (Feb. 25) and Mercer (Feb. 27) prior to the 2005 A-Sun Championship in Nashville, March 3-5.
The Dolphins return 4-of-5 starters from last year's squad, which won 13 games and qualified for the A-Sun Championship for the sixth consecutive year, despite entering the season as the most inexperienced team in Division I. Sophomore forward Haminn Quaintance (Sarasota, Fla.) and senior guard David Lee (Columbus, Ga.) lead the way for JU, which ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 62 wins the last four seasons. Quaintance earned A-Sun Freshman-of-the-Year honors and was voted Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun after averaging a team-best 14.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a rookie. He established himself as the Dolphins' best freshman in 20 years dating back to when Ronnie Murphy earned First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 1984. Lee, meanwhile, enjoyed a breakout junior season in which he averaged 14.0 points and emerged as one of the Atlantic Sun's top shooters.
JU will play all of its Saturday home games at 2 p.m. except for the home finale vs. UCF, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the JU women. All 27 regular-season games and any postseason action can be heard live on The Winner, AM 970 as well as on judolphin.com.