By Colin Dunlap | 6:12 p.m. Wednesday
A note: Xavier is supposedly wearing throwback uniforms for this game.
Venue: Cintas Center
Probable starters for Duquesne:
- No. 32 B.J. Monteiro 6-5 G/F So. 11.5ppg 5.3rpg
- No. 30 Bill Clark 6-5 G/F Jr. 14.1ppg 6.5rpg
- No. 25 Damian Saunders 6-7 F Jr. 15.2ppg 12.9rpg
- No. 23 Melquan Bolding 6-3 G/F S0. 10.5ppg 3.8rpg
- No. 3 Eric Evans 5-11 G So. 10.3ppg 2.8rpg
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Probable starters for Xavier:
- No. 25 Dante Jackson 6-5 F Jr. 6.4ppg 3.2rpg
- No. 31 Jason Love 6-9 F Sr. 10.9ppg 8.7rpg
- No. 32 Kenny Frease 7-0 C So. 5.4ppg 4.6rpg
- No. 52 Terrell Holloway 6-0 G So. 11.2ppg 3.7apg
- No. 55 Jordan Crawford 6-4 G So. 19.1ppg 5.1rpg
In my estimation, here is what the Dukes need to do to win this game: Get something from the bench. In the last game -- a win, no less -- the Dukes got just 8 points out of the bench, getting double-digits from four of the five starters and 8 points from the other starter. That is all well and good, but if Duquesne is going to beat a team like Xavier, they are going to need to get scoring from more than Damian Saunders, the other starter who decides the score about 15, and then a patchwork job from the other guys who play between 25 and 30 minutes. The contributions from Morakinyo Williams in terms of rebounding have been nice to this point, and what he has done on the defensive end has been solid, but in order for this team to improve, he will need to score just a little more. Also, with Jason Duty now shifting to a bench role -- but essentially playing the same minutes -- he could score a little more and Sean Johnson also needs to put the ball in the bucket more than he has the past two games. So, all that said, the old reliables are all well and good -- but someone else needs to come in (off the bench) and do something against Xavier.
In my estimation, here is what the Musketeers need to do to win this game: Keep going inside, much the way St. Bonaventure did in the second half. With Frease and Love, it would seem Xavier has a decided edge in the low block, it would seem that they could cause decent fits for the Dukes in the post. You all saw in the second half against St. Bona, how Andrew Nicholson could have fouled everyone out had the Bonnies been able to get him the ball. I am not saying that can happen with the skill set that Love and Frease have -- as it is different than Nicholson's -- but there is a chance that the Dukes could struggle mightily in the post if coach Chris Mack makes the decison to dump it in there time and again.