The Dukes will play the Red Flash of Saint Francis this Friday at the AJ Palumbo Center after a 13 day layoff for final exams. Blogging about the Dukes during such a long layoff has forced me to think creatively in terms of posting ideas. The Dukes have lost their last 3 games to 11th ranked Pitt, 24th ranked WVU, and Drake who is now receiving votes for the AP top 25. I think the layoff has been good for Duquesne, specifically I think it has allowed the Dukes to recover mentally from a tough 3 game losing streak, and to get healthy. Damian Saunders injured his ankle in the WVU game and Bill Clark is recovering from a mild concussion. I also think that the layoff has given the Dukes time to stew over losing 3 in a row, I would hate to be Saint Francis on Friday because I have a feeling the Dukes are going to come out like a ball of fire.
Ron Everhart gave me an early Christmas present when he said this week that Duquesne will continue to use the two platoon system. I am a big fan of the two platoon system, and think it is a key to success for the Dukes this season.
Saint Francis on the other hand has been very active this month. After starting the season 0-6 with loses to Youngstown State, Leigh, Morgan State, PSU, American, and La Salle the Red Flash have won 4 in a row including wins on the road against Robert Morris and Bucknell. Saint Francis will play Iona Wednesday the 19th prior to meeting the Dukes on Friday.
I have some bad news for Dukes Court fans, I will be unable to attend the St. Francis game this Friday, I will be traveling to beautiful Macungie PA to visit my in laws for the holidays. This will be the first Duquesne home I have missed this season. I will be back at the Palumbo for the Dukes' other December games against Robert Morris and South Carolina Upstate.