This will be the first meeting between the Dukes and Bulldogs since the two shared membership in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1992-93.
Feb. 18, 2013
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G26 / DUQUESNE (8-17, 1-10) at No. 15 (AP) BUTLER (21-5, 8-3)
* - ESPN/USA Today poll n/a at time of publication
Tues., Feb. 19, 2013 7:00 EST Indianapolis, Ind. Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 with Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
Streaming Audio: www.RedZoneMedia.com
Television: WNDY (ROOT Sports Pittsburgh locally) with Anthony Calhoun & Nick Gardner
Live Stats & Streamnig Video: www.ButlerSports.com
Duquesne (8-17, 1-10), completes a stretch of three games in six days at No. 15 (AP) Butler (21-5, 8-3) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised locally by ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
The Dukes ended an 11-game losing streak with an 84-83 win at Temple on Feb. 14 and suffered a 67-62 seteback to Rhode Island at home on Saturday. A freshman has either led - or tied for the team lead - in scoring in Duquesne's past six games.
First-year head coach Jim Ferry has started three freshmen in each of the Dukes' past three games. Freshman forward Quevyn Winters led the Dukes with 19 points vs. Xavier and 22 (5-of-5 from 3-point) at Temple. Fellow freshman, point guard Derrick Colter - the Feb. 17 Rookie of the Week - had 17 points - including two game-winning free throws with 2.9 left - at Temple and followed that with a game-high 20 points and seven assists in the loss to URI. The third freshman - Indiana native Jeremiah Jones - is averaging 9.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in his past three games.
Indy connections: This is DU's first game in Indianapolis since a 73-64 loss at IUPUI on Dec. 19, 2009. The Dukes played three games in the Valparaiso subregional of the 2K Sports Classic last season. DU freshman Jeremiah Jones hails from Gary, Indiana. He played high school ball at Merrillville.
Ten of DU's 17 losses have come to teams that began last week ranked in the Pomeroy Ratings Top 100 ... DU's top Pomeroy wins have been over Temple (82), West Virginia (108) and Western Michigan (138).
Three of DU's top five scorers are freshmen: Derrick Colter (13.2 ppg.), Quevyn Winters (9.2) and Jeremiah Jones (8.0). Colter (Dec. 17 & 24) and Winters (Dec. 31) combined to earn A-10 Rookie of the Week honors for three-straight weeks in December. Colter leads the team in scoring (1.4 ahead of Sean Johnson) and assists (128/5.12 apg.). Only four players in school history have led the Dukes in scoring and assists - all were seniors: Aaron Jackson (19.3/5.7 in 2009), Bryant McAllister (19.7/4.8 in 2006), Courtney Wallace (16.6/3.4 in 2001) and Mike James (17.5/3.5 in 1998).
Colter (31.5), Jeremiah Jones (25.3) and Winters (21.2) are all averaging over 20 minutes per game. The threesome - which ranks first, fifth and third on the team in scoring respectively - is accounting for 44.7 percent of DU's points and over half of the team's 3-pointers (111-of-207).
The three freshmen made their first start together vs. Xavier on Feb. 9 and have now started three consecutive games as a group. Over that span, Colter (15.0 ppg.), Winters (16.3 ppg.) and Jones (9.0 ppg.) are accounting for 57.3 percent of DU's points. Colter is averaging 32.7 minutes, Winters 28.7 and Jones 29.3.
Colter, the eighth freshman in school history to total 100 assists in a season (he has 128), is averaging a team high 5.12 apg. He is on pace to become just the fourth freshman in school history to average five assists in a season. The others are: Norm Nixon (6.00 in 1974), Kenya Hunter (5.29 in 1993) and Clayton Adams (5.09 in 1988).
The Dukes, who ranked 337th of 338th schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.), are being outrebounded by -1.0 per game - a net improvement of 6.5 rpg. Duquesne has outrebounded its opponents by +8.2 per game in its eight wins (340-274) ... in 17 losses, the Dukes have been outrebounded by 5.4 per contest (585-677) ... DU's margin in conference play is -5.5.
Next up: Duquesne returns home to face St. Bonaventure for a Black Out game on Sat., Feb. 23 at 7:00. All fans will receive Black Out T-shirts as the Dukes will don black uniforms for the first time in school history.
This is the first meeting between Duquesne and first-year A-10 member Butler since the two met in a home-and-home series as members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1992-93 ... the Dukes and Bulldogs split home wins that season.
The Bulldogs, who are 12-1 at home, are coming off a 68-63 win at Fordham on Saturday ... BU is led by senior Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke (17.2 ppg.) who is respected as one of the nation's top 3-point shooters (84-of-196, .429) ... Clarke is one of four Bulldogs averaging in double figures ... 6-11 center Andrew Smith (11.4, 5.2) missed a home loss to Charlotte due to injury prior to making his return at Fordham ... Smith is the only active player who has played in two NCAA Division I national championship games ... Butler is 224-33 at home over the past 18 seasons ... Butler's current seniors are 52-9 in Hinkle Fieldhouse ... the Bulldogs, minus Smith, dropped their last home game, 71-67 to Charlotte on Feb. 13 ... Butler is 81-12 in Hinkle Fieldhouse under head coach Brad Stevens.
RHODE ISLAND LEFTOVERS
Notes from Saturday's 67-62 loss to Rhode Island ... Duquesne started three freshmen for the third consecutive game (Derrick Colter, Jeremiah Jones & Quevyn Winters) ... DU had the ball with the score tied at 58-58 with 1:26 left ... the Dukes also missed 3-point attempts down three with :39 and 8.3 seconds left ... freshman Derrick Colter led DU with 20 points and seven assists ... Andre Marhold had 10 points, six rebounds and a career high-tying five blocks ... second-leading scorer Sean Johnson was scoreless in 15 minutes off the bench ... the Dukes and Rams had 23 field goals each ... DU had three more 3-pointers (10-7) ... URI outscored DU 14-6 from the line, where Duquesne shot a season-worst .429 (6-of-14) ... there were seven ties and five lead changes.
Duquesne is 7-3 when scoring 70 or more, 5-0 when scoring 80 or more, 6-1 when leading at the half, 6-1 when leading with 5:00 left and 5-2 in games decided by five or fewer points ... in an oddity of sorts, the Dukes are 2-6 when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-3 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the floor.
ON THE ROAD
Duquesne, which won a total of 17 road games in 10 seasons from 1997 through 2006, has posted 35 road wins over the past seven seasons. Of the 35 wins, 25 have come by double digits. From 1996-97 through 2005-06, Duquesne posted a total of three double-digit road victories. DU is 2-9 on the road this season with a 73-72 win at Appalachian State on Nov. 28 & an 84-83 victory at Temple on Feb. 14. The win at Temple was DU's first since 1995, ending a nine-game losing streak vs. the Owls in Philadelphia.
A freshman has either led or tied for the team lead in scoring in each of the Dukes' past six games (Quevyn Winters three times and Jeremiah Jones and Derrick Colter twice each).
Senior center Andre Marhold posted his second career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Temple last Thursday and followed that with a career high-tying five blocks vs. Rhode Island ... he is averaging 11.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg and shooting .762 (16-of-21) in his past three games.
Freshman Derrick Colter, who hit the game-winning free throws with 2.9 seconds left in the Feb. 14 win at Temple (17 points), followed that with a team-high 20 points in the loss to Rhode Island two days later ... he is averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in his past two games ... he is 15-of-18 (.833) from the foul line over that span ... Colter was named A-10 Rookie of the Week for the third time on Monday (Dec. 17, Dec. 24 & Feb. 17).