Big one coming up for Duquesne this week when Dayton visits the A.J. Palumbo Center Wednesday night.
Both teams are locked in a tie for the 8th spot in the standings with a 6-6 league record.
With four games left there’s way too many scenarios left yet to get into exactly what a win or loss assures for either team.
But clearly a win helps the Dukes cause of earning a home court advantage (Top-8) in the first round of the playoffs, rather than finishing lower than No. 8 and having to go on the road.
Good news for Duquesne: The Dukes beat the Flyers 83-73 on the road Feb. 1 and had a lot of success penetrating the hoop with smaller guards.
Bad news for Duquesne: Dayton is coming off an OT loss to rival Xavier, and is also gunning to try stay in the top-8.***
Asked if the team will change things prepping for a rematch, Coach Ron Everhart said on this morning’s A-10 conference call, in short, yes.
“I think it effects it in a way where you understand things that you did well obviously are going to be taken away from you...Your opponent now understands what you’re going to try and do. You try and game-plan it. Come up with an alternate game plan to try and affect the game much like a boxer does in the ring with the counter punch.”
Everhart on his team knowing what’s on the line Wednesday:
“Yeah I’ve said this before. All the players in the league on every team play a lot of attention. I don’t think it needs to be brought up. From my perspective our kids have a complete and thorough understanding….(about) how hard we have to compete to be successful.”
Of note: G T.J. McConnell moved into the top spot in the country today in steals per game with 3.0.