Feb. 24, 2014
GAME 27 - DUQUESNE (11-15, 3-10) at SAINT LOUIS 25-2, 12-0)
Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:00 EST St. Louis, Mo. Chaifetz Arena (10,006)
Television: NBCSN with Steve Schlanger and Stan Van Gundy
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
View on NBCSN
In Game Stats
Duquesne (11-15, 3-10), coming off back-to-back final minute losses at St. Bonaventure and to Dayton, faces one of the hottest teams in the nation when it heads to Saint Louis (25-2, 12-0) on Thurs., Feb. 27 at 8:00 (ET) in a game that will be televised nationally by NBCSN (Steve Schlanger & Stan Van Gundy). SLU, winner of 19 straight, is ranked No. 10 by AP & No. 8 by the Coaches. The Billikens are 14-1 at home with the lone loss coming to undefeated No. 2 (AP) Wichita State. DU is 5-6 on the road (1-5 in A-10 play).
The Last Meeting
January 22, 2014
A.J. Palumbo Center
SERIES QUICK NOTES
This is the 18th meeting between Duquesne and ninth-year Atlantic 10 member Saint Louis ... SLU, which has won seven of eight - including the last five, leads the overall series 10-7 ... in regular season Atlantic 10 play SLU leads 9-4 ... DU is 2-4 all-time at Saint Louis ... this is the first meeting between the two at Chaifetz Arena since Jan. 21, 2012 ... senior forward Jerry Jones is the only current Duquesne roster member who has played in a game at Chaifetz.
The this is the second of two meetings between the Dukes and Billikens ... SLU defeated the Dukes 76-72 in Pittsburgh on Jan. 22 ... there were six ties and 19 lead changes in a game that wasn't decided until the final minute.
Duquesne is 1-1 all time against ranked Saint Louis teams: 69-62 win over #5 (AP) SLU on Dec. 29, 1956 at Louisville, Ky. and a 76-72 loss to #19 (AP) SLU on Jan. 22 of this season.
ON THE BILLIKENS
Saint Louis entered the AP poll at #24 on Jan. 13 ... the Billikens, who are currently ranked #10 by AP and #8 in the Coaches poll have won 19 in a row ... SLU leads the A-10 - and ranks 12th nationally - in scoring defense (59.9) ... the Billikens lead the nation in 3-point FG defense (.266) ... SLU's opponents are shooting just .391 (15th nationally) ... Duquesne scored 72 points and shot .500 (8-of-15, .533 from 3-point) in the first meeting between the two ... Saint Louis one of a handful of D-I schools that starts five seniors.
Leftovers from DU's 57-54 loss to Dayton on Saturday: Duquesne, which was up 43-25 with 18:27 left, led from the opening tip to the 3:09 mark ... Dayton led for a total of 2:53 ... Duquesne, which shot .517 in taking a 39-25 halftime lead, made just 4-of-27 shots in scoring 15 second-half points ... the 15 second-half points were the fewest in any half under Jim Ferry ... the previous low was 17 in the first half of a 66-45 loss to Pitt last year ... Duquesne, which scored a season-low 54 points, held Dayton to its second-lowest point total of the season ... Ovie Soko led the Dukes with 26 points, Micah Mason added 8 (2-of-7 from 3-point) ... Soko, who tied his career high with three 3-pointers (on three attempts), was 5-of-10 from the foul line including a miss with :18 left that could have tied it at 55-55 ...Dominique McKoy, DU's top shooter (.626 entering the game), was 1-of-10 ... to put that in perspective, McKoy missed just seven shots in the month of December (24-of-31) ... Duquesne's largest lead was 18 (43-25) with 18:27 remaining in the second half ... Dayton's largest lead was the three-point final margin.
Micah Mason leads the nation in 3-point shooting at .554 (56-101). He as hit at least three 3-pointers in eight of his past 12 games. Mason has 42 assists and 8 turnovers in A-10 play.
Ovie Soko is the only A-10 player ranked in the Top 10 in scoring (18.5) and rebounding (7.9). He is the only non-guard among the conference's top 13 scorers.
Three of Duquesne's conference losses have come by four or fewer points, including the past two. DU led Saint Louis by two with 51 seconds left on Jan. 22, trailed by two with a chance to tie it at the line with :17 left at St. Bonaventure and missed a free throw with a chance to tie it with :18 left vs. Dayton.
This is Duquesne's first game against a Top 10 team since an 80-66 loss to No. 3 (AP) Pitt at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 1, 2010. DU is 24-55 all-time against Top 10 teams, including a 4-28 mark on the road. DU's last road win over a Top 10 team was March 5, 1962 when the unranked Dukes beat No. 6 (AP) Bradley, 73-72, at Peoria, Ill. DU is 46-117 all-time vs. ranked teams, including a 10-59 mark on the road.
Senior F Ovie Soko, who is second in the A-10 at 18.4 ppg., began the week third nationally in total free throw attempts with 254. His 9.77 FTAs/g. are on school record pace.
Sophomore guard Micah Mason leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.554). His 35 3-pointers in conference play began the week tied with Saint Joseph's Langston Galloway for the most by any A-10 player. Mason, who has 59 assists and 11 turnovers, has the highest offensive efficiency rating in the nation according to KenPom.com.
Duquesne began the week 40th in NCAA Division I for fewest total turnovers (288, 11.1/g.). The Dukes also ranked 37th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at the start of the week (currently 1.33).
UP NEXT: Duquesne hosts UMass in its final regular season home game on Wed., Mar. 5 at 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Digital Network).