St. Joe's at Duquesne 1/31/10 - What to Expect

Written by Colin Dunlap on .

By Colin Dunlap | 12:22 a.m. Sunday

Matchup: St. Joe's (8-12, 2-4) visits Duquesne (10-10, 1-5) in an Atlantic 10 Conference game

Venue: A.J. Palumbo Center

Time: 4 p.m. Sunday

TV/Radio/Internet: CBS College Sports Regional (Comcast channel 188 or 210); KQV-AM (1410) and

Probable starters for Duquesne:

  • No. 32   B.J. Monteiro   6-5   G/F   So.   11.1ppg   5.1rpg
  • No. 30   Bill Clark   6-5   G/F   Jr.   13.4ppg   6.4rpg
  • No. 25   Damian Saunders   6-7   F   Jr.   14.7ppg   12.5rpg
  • No. 23   Melquan Bolding   6-3   G/F   S0.   11.0ppg   4.0rpg
  • No.  3    Eric Evans   5-11   G   So.   10.4ppg   2.8rpg


Probable starters for St. Joe's:

  • No. 32    Idris Hilliard     6-7    F    Jr.    10.6ppg    5.3rpg
  • No. 2     Todd O'Brien    6-11   F    So.    5.6ppg    6.5rpg
  • No. 12   Justin Crosgile  5-11   G    Fr.    6.9ppg    2.3rpg
  • No. 15   Garrett Williamson  6-5    G    Sr.    11.6ppg    3.2rpg
  • No. 13   Darrin Govens    6-1    G    Sr.    12.8ppg    3.8rpg


In my estimation, here is what the Dukes need to do to win this game: Worry more about themselves and less about the opposition. I know this might sound a little strange, but that is truly the case with this Dukes squad right now. All that ills this teams seems to be self-inflicted. Their zone offense is stagnant, their shooting is icy, their transition defense seems to be lost at times, and there is a glaring consistency problem at the end of close games. All of these, in large part, seem to be things that are Duquesne's problems, and not the result of what the other team is doing. So as they head into this game, the thought -- more than ever -- is to look internally and really not worry much about what St. Joe's wants to do. I know that might sound insane, but where this team is right now, unless it fixes itself, it has no chance of beating the opposition.

In my estimation, here is what the Hawks need to do to win this game: Use their balance, like they have done in games when they have been successful. This Hawks team is not a one-man show, and if it tries to transform into one, it will be the death of what they want to do. Instead, St. Joe's is a team that works as a unit, one in which is far better when they get all 10 guys in their rotation involed. That said, if Williamson or Govens or whomever it might be tries to "take over" it will hurt Phil Martelli's club. Rather, they need to simply play the way they know how, get everyone touches and work their offense through. All these cogs is what makes the Hawks go -- not one guy. 



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