Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Day After

New Ratings after the loss to St. Bonaventure:

RPI: #97
Kenpom/Pomeroy: #84
Sagarin: #70

Is it time to revise our goals for the 07-08 Dukes? Maybe. If the Dukes can get back on track with a win over St. Joe's on Wednesday they still have an outside shot at the NIT. With a loss to St. Joe's Dukes' fans should set their eyes on a new prize: a winning season.

Part of me wants to think that Shawn James may still be feeling the lingering effects of that knee injury but let's face it, the Dukes shot terribly again for the second game in a row. When you shoot poorly and play crappy defense you are going to lose. The Dukes allowed Tyler Benson to drop 15 points last night! Benson didn't even look like a Division 1 player the last two times these teams played. On top of that Shawn James didn't even play in the Dukes 16 point win over the Bonnies a few weeks back!

Remember when Reggie Jackson went on that tear in January? In our last two games he is a combined 4-16 from the field, 1-6 from beyond the arch, with a total of 11 points, and 7 turnovers

How bout Damian Saunders? What has he done the last four games?
St. Bonaventure: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
UMass: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 0 steals
George Washington: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
St. Bonaventure at home: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals


I am upset about what has happened to the Dukes the last two games, I really felt this team had a shot at making history and going to the NCAA Tournament. That being said, this has been a very exciting year to be a Duquesne basketball fan. Ron Everhart has brought competitive basketball back to The Bluff and I appreciate all of the hard work he and the Dukes have put in this year. I am proud to say I am a Duquesne fan.

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