A83's Preview v. UMASS

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Mullins Center
Duquesne Dukes (16-7, 8-2 A-10, 6-3 Away) @ UMass Minutemen (13-10, 5-5 A-10, 8-5 Home), Mullins Center (9,493) 7p,

Last game - vs Xavier 63-71 L
Streak Lost 2
Last Five 3-2
Last Ten 8-2
Best Win vs Temple Current RPI 33
Worst Lost @  Robert Morris Current RPI 133

Last Game - vs  GW 51-59 L
Streak Lost 3
Last Five 2-3
Last Ten 4-6
Best Win vs Dayton Current RPI 62
Worst Lost vs Maine Current RPI 203

Common Out of Conference Opponents

Dukes - Bill Clark (17.3 pts), Damian Saunders (12.8 pts & 7.7 rebounds)
Minutemen - Anthony Gurley (19.3 pts), Javon Farrell (9.2 pts) & Sean Carter (6.3 rebounds)

The Dukes shoot 46% from the floor, 38% from three, 62% from the free throw line and average 13 turnovers per game.
The Minutemen shoot 42% from the floor, 30% from three, 67% from the free throw line and average 13 turnovers per game.

Dukes - RPI 81, Sagarin 54
Minutemen - RPI 131, Sagarin 141

Game Notes

The Dukes squandered a 16 point half time lead to on their way to an 84-80 OT loss vs. the Minutemen last year.

Anthony Gurley of UMass went into the GW game averaging just under 20 points a game, and he was shooting better than 45 percent from the field, but he made only two of his 15 field-goal attempts against the Colonials.  The Minutemen then compounded the problem by committing 19 turnovers, which cost them a late lead.

The Dukes currently have four players averaging double firgures in scoring.  Besides, Clark and Saunders, BJ Monteiro and TJ McConnell average 12.2 and 11.0 pts per game, respectively.   Gurley is the only Minuteman that averages in double figures in points. 

The Dukes and Minutemen are two of the eight charter members of Eastern Collegiate Basketball League (forerunner to the A10) and have played each other in regular season league play since 1976.  The Minutemen hold a 29-17 advantage in regular season league play.   The Minutemen currently average 3,392 (11th - A10) fans per game