Friday, January 18, 2008

Greetings from DC

I'll be blogging from Washington DC this weekend where I am visiting a friend. There is a fair bit of Dukes news this morning so I'll get to it.

Phil Axelrod from the PG wrote a great article about Shawn James and his 64 blocked shots. Let's face it players like Shawn James come around once a decade for schools like Duquesne, we need to take advantage of him for the two years we have him.

Back on January 9th Saint Louis lost to a struggling GW team 49-20 and made national headlines for their offensive ineptitude. Flash forward exactly one week and Saint Louis is upsetting (23) Rhode Island. Tommy Liddell III (pictured right) went nuts for Saint Louis with 22 points, shooting 9-12 from the field, and had 6 rebounds. And if that wasn't crazy enough Temple upset (20) Xavier and UMass defeated (14) Dayton on Thursday. In short: things are all crazy in the A10 this week.

Of course the real question is, what does this mean for Duquesne. The Dukes' goal is to make it to the NCAA Tournament and for them to achieve that goal they need to upset either Dayton or Xavier on the road and take care of business against the rest of the A10. In short the Dukes need a signature win and no more than 2 loses the rest of the season. If Temple or UMass can upset Xavier and Dayton so can Duquesne, but it also means our games against the rest of the A10 will be a lot harder than we all expected.

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