By Colin Dunlap | 1:02 p.m. Saturday
For a number of reasons, I didn't make the trip to Indianapolis. With that said, I will be listening to the game a little later tonight and posting on here live during the game (as I hope you will, too).
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Oh, and by the way, the photo above was snapped in my Hampton Township driveway this morning, just after I finished shoveling my driveway. I would say, realistically (no matter what sense of panic and alarm the local TV news was trying to send you into) there was only about 2-3" out there, 4 and the very most.
UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: There is a link on the IUPUI website that allows you, for a $4.95 fee, to watch the game tonight.
I was up the air, but an probably going to go for it now after getting this message posted from a reader..you can see it below in the comments, but I thought I would share:
I remember watching a Summit League internet broadcast from Oakland a couple of years ago; I was impressed with the production values and the quality (much higher than what I have seen out of the Palumbo and a couple A-10 schools, in particular LaSalle).
Now, PhoenixRising2, if I pay for this, and other people pay for this, and it isn't any good, be warned: We are coming after you.
4:18 p.m.: Don't know if anyone else saw the very end of the Xavier/Butler game. Admittedly, getting the ball with under 2 seconds, down a bucket and having to go the length of the floor is a huge hill to climb, but not giving Chris Mack's team the opportunity to at least try to climb that hill was an absolute crime.
If you don't know what happened at the end of that game, you will find out soon -- it will be talked about for some time, I would guess, particulary by those with an interest in the A10.
5:08 p.m.: By the way, the Dukes women lost today, 71-62 at home to Ball State.
The Dukes fall to 8-4 on the season; Ball State improves to 5-5.
Samantha Pollino scored a season-best 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting and Keri Pryor recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Kelly Britcher added 12 points.
The Dukes finished with season-lows 30 percent shooting (20-66) from the floor and 15 percent shooting (3-20) from beyond-the-arc.
6:36 p.m.: I went ahead and purchased that live Internet broadcast via the IUPUI website (it can be done here: http://www.iupuijags.com/showcase/#liveevents) I know the people who run the site are probably upset I didn't go with the 'Summit Swimming and Diving Season Pass'...but, oh well.
Anyhow, it says the event coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. And you will find me tuned in below...in my downstairs mancave, in front of the fire:
6:51 p.m.: The Internet feed isn't hot yet....if I paid for this, and it doesn't come online live in time for tip off, you know what you have coming to you, right PhoenixRising2?
6:53 p.m.: Ahhhh, you are saved Phoenix -- webcast just popped up.
6:55 p.m.: The announcer in the pregame on this webfeed, just said, as he introduced the Dukes, "This Duquesne program, historically known for losing ...."
You think he understands the word 'historically' means the whole time the Dukes have had a basketball program, and not just the past decade or so? Probably not.
7:05 p.m.: Off and running...and I mean running. This game is up and down -- really up and down in the first couple of minutes. Definitely in Duquesne's favor, even though it is 9-4 IUPUI.
7:07 p.m.: Um...that wasn't good. Even though the pace is being played how Duquesne would like it, the Jaguars went up 11-4 on a slicing dunk.
7:09 p.m: Bill Clark just hit a jumper and has six points, even as the Dukes trail, 15-9 with 5 minutes gone. Even though they are trailing, it is a good sign that Clark is knocking in some jumpers. Perhaps this will be his bounce-back game.
7:13 p.m: I appreciate the Internet feed, and having broadcasters with it. But, I don't know if I will be able to handle a few more hours of this homerism in the announcing department.
7:15 p.m.: Clark hit another jumper, this one a 3. Again, this could be huge for him in terms of regaining his stroke. Dukes down 17-15.
7:19 p.m.: Webcast announcer from IUPUI, when speaking of the Pitt/Duquesne game this year, just said, "Duquesne and Pitt, Duquesne played them well this year. And those two teams don't get together all that often ...."
I quit listening when he said that.
Above is a photo I snapped of my television. I am keeping and eye on the UMass-Memphis game out of the corner of my eye. It is no secret, but that matchup lost all its punch when Calipari left for UK.
Also, back to the Dukes game. As I suspected, Rodrigo Peggau is fine, no lingering injuries and is in the game tonight. IUPUI is up 28-20 with 6:57 left before the half. IUPUI is shooting well. Not lights out, but well.
7:27 p.m.: Lewinson is in the game.
7:31 p.m: I don't have the numbers, but the Dukes are turning the ball over at an alarming rate. Unacceptable if you are Everhart, actually. It is 32-24 IUPUI with 3:55 left and the Dukes have played Sean Johnson, Lewinson, Marhold and Peggau already. There is little offensive flow for this team tonight. It just seems as if they can't get anything going.
7:35 p.m.: Twice in a row, the Dukes just got beat in transition and simply got outhustled -- both times lead to easy layups for IUPUI. 36-25 IUPUI with 2:30 left before the half.
7:40 p.m.: A run-out dunk for IUPUI -- imagine that. This is bad, very bad for the Dukes. Laziness on the offensive end has led to easy buckets for IUPUI, it is as simple as that. The Dukes are down, 41-30 with 31 second remaining before the half. Evans has 12 points and is a brightspot, but other than that .....
7:43 p.m.: Bill Clark just hammered home a disputed (at least by the IUPUI announcers) 3-pointer from the corner at the halftime buzzer to make it 41-33 IUPUI at the half. From my vantage -- in front of my Dell -- it was bang-bang, could have gone either way. It counts and was a huge bucket. Going in down eight points is, actually, a pretty positive thing the way Everhart's bunch has played over the first 20 minutes.
7:53 p.m.: Not to harp on the Internet broadcast, but anyone else notice, on the graphics, it is 'DUQUENSE'
It is the thought that counts, I guess.
7:58 p.m.: Clark hits one just out of the half -- he seems out of his funk. 41-35 IUPUI.
8:02 p.m.: Awesome one -- announcers just said, "The A10, not what they have been in the past." Perhaps they missed what happened on Sunday.
8:04 p.m.: Dukes down, 46-38 early in the second half. Does anyone agree with me that when Sean Johnson is in there -- as he is right now -- good things seem to always happen. I don't know what the answer is with getting him minutes, and I know he is young, but I really like what I have seen of him.
The fire is roaring again -- I threw some more logs on it. Unfortunately for the Dukes, Saunders is not. He has 3 points right now. A bad night to have an off-night. Dukes are down, 60-42 with 14:05 left. Ron Everhart's guys are in huuuuuuuge trouble here.
8:14 p.m: The gym, to me, looks like Fox Chapel High School's -- maybe even smaller. Or Plum High School's. Also, do you now see why Big East teams, largely, don't go on the road and play in smaller venues? It is so tough to win on the road against a smaller school.
8:20 p.m: Uggggh. Back to the announcers. It is one thing to make a mistake, quite another to fail to do research. Somehow, the conversation steered to the assistants, and the play-by-play guy said, "Yes, and Ron Everhart has a very young staff around him."
Bill Barton is 47.
Scott Rigot is 47.
Steve Hall is 39.
Not exactly very young.
Not old, but not very young.
8:23 p.m.: Dukes are playing solid defense, as they have held IUPUI without a FG for about 5 minutes. Down to 12, 60-48 with 9:40 left. If it gets to the 6 minute mark, and the Dukes are down by 10, it is over.
8:27 p.m.: A Saunders steal and dunk was just huge. Cut it to (64-54) with 7:27 left. Again Saunders shows that he might not score a bunch in a game sometimes, but he shows up everywhere. Like I said, it needed to be 10 with 6 minutes left for the Dukes to have a chance. Right now, they have fought back to where they certainly have a chance.
8:31 p.m: Oh my gosh. They just cutaway to the Dukes bench. It wasn't a cleat shot, but it looked like Ron's tie was not red. Was I seeing that correctly?
8:33 p.m.: Monteiro just took a semi-stupid shot. A 3-pointer early in the shot clock. Dukes down, 64-58 with 5:50 left. By the way, around the league, Richmond is up by 2 and No. 13 Florida with under 10 seconds left, Temple is tied with Seton Hall with 10 minutes left, and UMass beat Memphis by a point. All that was after Xavier got railroaded lost by a point at Butler.
8:37 p.m.: Dukes have locked down IUPUI's big guys in the last 10 minutes during this run. Also, I have noticed that Chase Robinson is in the game right now, in crunch time -- where did that come from?
IUPUI up, 68-58 with 3:33 left.
8:43 p.m: Funny moment. Ron Hunter, IUPUI's coach Ron Hunter just threw his hands in the air and was very mad when his player missed a FT with about 3 minutes left. Imagine if he had to coach the Dukes.
Saunders just missed the front end of a 1 and 1. Dukes down, 69-61 with 2:27 left.
8:46 p.m.: Duty just took a big charge. Dukes down, 69-61, with 2:11 left.
8:47 p.m.: IUPUI is doing all it can to give Duquesne this lead, turning it over again -- but the Dukes keep having empty trips. I think they have missed their last three 3s. Let me ask, what is wrong with getting some quick 2s? Dukes down, 69-61 with 1:32.
8:50 p.m.: There have been a lot of negatives tonight, but the most inexcusable thing just happened. With just over a minute left, IUPUI missed the back end of two free throws, but their kid, from the second spot, muscled his way in there and got the offensive board. No excuse for that -- none at all. Dukes down 71-61 with 44.5 left. Start the bus.
8:54 p.m.: Dukes fought back, but waited too long to realize they were in a fight. Game is over, Dukes lose 73-64.
9:03 p.m.: HERE IS THE BOX SCORE: Click here for box score