Men's Basketball Welcomes Saint Louis on Senior Day
March 1, 2012
Game 30 / SAINT LOUIS (23-6, 11-4) at DUQUESNE (16-13, 7-8)
Duquesne (16-13, 7-8) welcomes second-place Saint Louis (23-6, 11-4) for Senior Day on Saturday, March 3 at Noon ... this is the regular season finale for both schools ... DU seniors Eric Evans and B.J. Monteiro will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony ... Saint Louis, which has already clinched a No. 2 seed for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship, needs a win combined with a Temple loss to win a share of the regular season title ... Duquesne, which can finish no lower than ninth, needs a win combined with a UMass loss (hosts Rhode Island at 4:00 p.m.) to secure a first round home game for the A-10 championship ... the top four teams receive byes, while teams five through eight host first round tournament games ... Duquesne could possibly play at UMass, at La Salle, at Dayton or even at Xavier if it finishes with a ninth seed ... if the Dukes end up seeded eighth, they would host UMass on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Saint Louis, which is 5-5 on the road, won the first meeting between the two, 68-41 at Chaifetz Arena on Jan. 21 ... Duquesne is 10-4 at home (4-3 in A-10 play) ... the Dukes are 4-2 vs. SLU at the Palumbo Center ... the first loss (70-57 in 2006) came in the first A-10 meeting between the two schools ... the Billikens' other Pittsburgh win was in double-overtime (79-75) on Jan. 13, 2009 ... DU defeated SLU 67-45 at Pittsburgh last season.
Duquesne clinched its fifth consecutive non-losing season with its 88-77win at Charlotte on Wednesday ... DU has now posted five consecutive non-losing seasons since ending a streak of 13 consecutive sub-.500 seasons with a 17-13 record in 2007-08 - head coach Ron Everhart's second year on the Bluff. The last time DU had five consecutive non-losing seasons was 1968-75 (eight seasons).
This is the fourth consecutive season the Dukes have posted 15 or more wins ... it is the longest streak since 1968-73 (15+ wins in six straight seasons).
Duquesne averaged 57.3 ppg. during the three-game losing streak that was snapped with the 88-77 win at Charlotte ... DU, which had had a total of four double-digit scorers during the losing streak, had five in the win at Charlotte.
DU head coach Ron Everhart (99-87) needs one win to join Chick Davies (314-106), Red Manning (247-138) & Dudey Moore (191-70) in the Duquesne 100-win club ... Everhart enters the Saint Louis game with a 46-49 record in Atlantic 10 regular-season play ... the only coach in DU history to post a +.500 mark in conference play was Mike Rice who went 24-23 from 1978-79 through 1981-82.
The Dukes, who led the nation is assists (17.8), steals (9.9) and turnover margin (+6.7) last year are averaging 15.4 assists and 7.9 steals ... DU began the week ranked third in NCAA Division I in turnover margin (+5.4) behind Syracuse (+6.6) and VCU (+5.8).
Duquesne is 10-4 at home (includes a win over Penn State at CONSOL Energy Center) ... the Dukes are 56-28 at the Palumbo Center under Ron Everhart, including a 51-19 mark over the past five seasons ... over the past five seasons, the Dukes are 24-13 in conference home games at Palumbo.
This is the fifth consecutive season the Dukes have posted double-digit home wins (currently 10-4) ... the last time DU strung together five or more consecutive seasons with 10 or more home wins was from 1967-68 through 1973-74 (seven times) ... Duquesne posted double-digit home wins twice in the 25 seasons prior to head coach Ron Everhart's arrival in 2006-07.
Senior guard Eric Evans became the 10th 1,000-point/300 assist man in school history (1,028/304) with his 5 assists at Charlotte on Feb. 29 ... Evans reached the 1,000-point mark with a layup at the 18:13 mark of the second half against Fordham on Feb. 15.
T.J. McConnell broke sophomore assist mark (159 by Clayton Adams in 1988-89) with his 6 assists at Charlotte ... McConnell enters the SLU game with 304 career assists (164 this season) ... McConnell's assists rank fourth on DU's single-season list (school record is 194 by Aaron Jackson in 34 games in 2008-09).
THE SERIES: This is the 15th meeting between Duquesne and seventh-year Atlantic 10 member Saint Louis ... the overall series is tied 7-7 ... in regular season Atlantic 10 play SLU leads 6-4 ... DU is 4-2 all-time vs. Saint Louis in Pittsburgh ... Saint Louis is one of three A-10 teams the Dukes face twice this season - Dayton (1-1) and St. Bonaventure (1-1) are the others ... Saint Louis took the first meeting this season, 68-41 at Chaifetz Arena on Jan. 21 ... last year the two split with Duquesne winning 67-45 at Pittsburgh and Saint Louis winning 62-51 at St. Louis ... five of the past nine meetings have been decided by a total of 11 points, including two in overtime ... fifth-year DU head coach Ron Everhart is 4-6 against the Billikens.