Wednesday, February 6, 2008

St. Joe's update

  • So much for Ahmad Nivins giving Achara and James a tough time tonight he is out with a high ankle sprain. Fifth year senior Arvydas Lidzius (pictured right) will be making his first career start tonight in place of Nivins. Lidzius is a 6'9 205 pound forward.
  • The Hawks have won six in a row and 11 of their last 12 games.
  • Saint Joseph's received seven votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25. It is the first time this season that the Hawks have received votes.
  • Saint Joe's is tied for 1st in the A10 with a 6-1 record in conference play.
  • The series between Duquesne and Saint Joseph's dates back to 1938 and the Hawks have dominated the Dukes ever since. The Dukes career record against the Hawks is 9-33, and 6-13 in Pittsburgh.
My thoughts on the game tonight:

Even though the Dukes have been struggling lately the Dukes have a good shot at a win tonight. St. Joe's only plays a 7 man rotation, and one of their best players, Ahmad Nivins, will not be playing tonight. The Dukes have been playing well at home this year (with the exception of their last home game against UMass), and St. Joe's is the last top tier A10 team that Dukes will face at home this year. A win tonight against St. Joe's would get the Dukes' season back on track and keep their NIT Tournament hopes alive.

I will be at the game tonight, and will likely be making a brief stop at Shale's for a pre-game adult beverage.

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