Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Duquesne basketball fans. Are you spending your night watching/following as the Dukes play their sixth game in less than two weeks? If so, this is the place for you.
I don't know a whole lot about tonight's opponent, UT-Martin. In fact, I might even know more about former Steelers quarterback Tee Martin, who ironically went to the OG UT (hold the Martin). Did you know he's now the offensive coordinator at USC? Man, I loved Tee Martin.
OK, back to business. Dukes could really use a win tonight against another, we'll say, low-major opponent. But in today's college basketball world, the terms high-major, mid-major and low-major don't really have a whole lot of meaning. UT-Martin has won four in a row, which includes a close win over Canisius, which you'll surely remember got the best of Duquesne just before the buzzer Friday night. The Skyhawks' only loss this season? An 86-83 defeat at SEC outfit Ole Miss in the season opener, which is certainly nothing to scoff at.
All of that is to say that we should brace for the possibility these Skyhawks can fly (read: are pretty decent). I'm certain the Dukes will. They need any victories they can muster at this point -- road, home, in November on the night before Thanksgiving, whatever. Below, you'll find my scouting report for this game, as it appeared in this morning's fine Post-Gazette (which I trust you all picked up and read front to back), and I'll add one final note after the glance box:
Well, I'll be. That "hidden stat" really sticks out to me! We knew the Dukes were young inexperienced, but maybe not that young inexperienced. And who knew UT-Martin would have such an old experienced bunch? Perhaps that factor will come into play here when we tip off in just about an hour at Palumbo Center (which will be something of a ghost town tonight as students are on break and many others might be meeting up with friends/family in town for the holiday).