Here are our new rankings after the whipping we took from Xavier last night:
Just for the record here are Xavier's rankings:
The Dukes are having a great season but they just aren't at the level where they can consistently win big games. The real question is, can they rebound Sunday when they play an inferior La Salle team at home?
Here is the rest of Duquesne's schedule
Just in case you are sadistic and want to read more about the loss to Xavier here is some recommended reading from Musketeer Madness.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Here are our new rankings after the whipping we took from Xavier last night:
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 6:50 AM
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Xavier is crazy good, and they play defense, that is a scary combination. Xavier dominated the Dukes from the 13 minute mark in the 1st half until the final whistle. Xavier outmuscled the Dukes downlow and made their open shots. I don't really know what else to say, Duquesne played poorly on the road against the 1oth ranked team in the country, they got their butts kicked.
Xavier's Derrick Brown (pictured right) ended the game with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and 0 turnovers.
Shawn James had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 8:31 PM
Ron Everhart said that he might use the two platoon system tonight against Xavier during the pregame show.
It's official the Dukes are going back to the two platoon 10/40 system tonight.
3-0 Dukes - Shawn James opens the scoring with a 3 pointer.
5-0 Dukes - James with a block and then a layup, he has all 5 points in the game.
6-5 Xavier - that lead didn't last long
Xavier has 7 rebounds, Duquesne 2
10-6 Dukes - Tucker with 5 straight points
14-11 Dukes - Well it looks like we have a shot in this one so far.
The Dukes are moving 4 men in and out of the game at a time, not 5.
15-14 Dukes - 11:57 left 1st half
21-15 Xavier - 7 unanswered for Xavier
23-15 Xavier - make that 9 unanswered
Xavier has 11 rebounds, Duquesne only has 3
27-24 Xavier - 3 pointers by 3 different Dukes bring us back into the game. finally we get some big 3s!
33-26 Xavier -
The Dukes have airballed a number of 3s already
The Dukes aren't playing that well but they are hanging around. Kind of reminds me of the Dayton game...
36-26 Xavier - Shawn James hasn't scored since he made a 3 to start the game. He is now 1-5 so far tonight.
40-26 Xavier - Xavier is on a 13-2 run
42-26 Xavier - 15-2 Xavier run
18 Xavier rebounds, only 9 rebounds for Duquesne
45-26 Xavier - LONG 3 by Xavier to end the half.
26 points is the least amount of points the Dukes have scored in the 1st half all season
Odd that Ron Everhart didn't use any of his timeouts to try and stop the momentum from Xavier's many runs this half. The Dukes were up at one point 15-14 before Xavier went on a 12-0 run.
I guess we know why Xavier is one of the top teams in the country, and why Sean Miller is considered one of the best yougn coaching minds in the NCAA. Hat's off to Xavier, they played great defense in the first half and converted their own scoring opportunities.
Half time stats:
Xavier 17-31, 54%
Duquesne 10-30, 33%
The numbers don't lie Duquesne got crushed in the first half.
Start of the 2nd Half:
Well it went from bad to worse, Aaron Jackson is on the floor hurt. Could this get worse?
Aaron Jackson is back in the game, thank GOD!
Xavier has 10 offensive rebounds
Duquesne has 12 TOTAL rebounds
The Dukes have committed 2 shot clock violations in this game. Xavier plays tenacious defense, wow, impressive.
57-34 Xavier is not only pulling away but they are putting on a show for their hometown fans.
Will this game ever end?
James with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 blocks
66-45 Xavier - is this over yet?
68-45 Xavier - 3 minutes left. call off the dogs Mr. Miller
3rd shot clock violation by Duquesne tonight. Seriously? YES!
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 7:00 PM
Be sure to stop by Musketeer Blogosphere to check out my responses to the Q and A from Xavier.
I do plan on live blogging the game tonight so feel free to stop by Dukes Court while you are listening to the game for my running commentary.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 6:59 AM
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
You know a sports blog has reached a certain point when it gets linked on Deadspin, the king of all sports blogs. Dukes Court was linked this morning on Deadspin's College Basketball Closer page, which was highlighting Shawn James' triple double last week against St. Joseph's.
It has been a pleasure writing Dukes Court this season and I am happy to announce the we will soon reach the 10,000 hit mark.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 10:36 AM
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 8:15 AM
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
It seems I put a jinx of McConnell with my post yesterday:
By Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Chartiers Valley, the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL Class AAA boys' basketball playoffs, will be without its leading scorer for the rest of the season.Sophomore T.J. McConnell, who averages 19 points a game, sustained a broken left arm in Saturday's game against Steel Valley and will not play in the semifinals Wednesday against Blackhawk. Chartiers Valley also will be in the PIAA playoffs.McConnell had hurt his left wrist and arm Feb. 1, and re-injured it against Steel Valley when he was fouled on a drive to the basket."
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 6:55 AM
Sunday, February 17, 2008
"It's obvious T.J. McConnell's injured left wrist bothers him, but it's painfully obvious that Chartiers Valley needs him if it is going to live up to its No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
McConnell, a sophomore who averages 19 points a game, had his left wrist injured in the regular-season finale Feb. 1 against Keystone Oaks. He didn't practice for more than a week, but he started and scored 21 points in Chartiers Valley's 52-39 victory against Mount Pleasant in a first-round playoff game Wednesday.
Char Valley probably can't win a WPIAL title without this 5-foot-9 sophomore, who already has made a verbal commitment to Duquesne Univesity. He means that much to the Colts, and not just with his shooting. He also had a number of assists against Mount Pleasant.
Plus, Chartiers Valley already is without starting point guard Eli Maravich. He has been out four weeks with a stress fracture in his leg, but is scheduled to visit with a doctor today and Char Valley's coaches are hopeful he will be cleared to play.
McConnell's wrist was taped for the Mount Pleasant game and it's obvious he still has pain in it. He didn't reach for loose balls and try to make steals with his left hand. He keeps the hand away from scrums for loose balls. He also catches the ball with his right hand first. But he does dribble a little with his left hand.
After the game, Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell, who is T.J.'s father, was asked when his son would be 100 percent.
'I don't know and I don't care. All I care about is that he's still playing,' Tim McConnell said.
T.J. McConnell is one of the WPIAL's best shooters and he made three 3-pointers in the game, which gives him 93 for the season. Barring injury, T.J. McConnell would seemingly have a good chance at breaking the WPIAL career record for 3-pointers. The record-holder, coincidentally, is former Chartiers Valley guard Mike Colbert, who had 302 from 1993-97.
McConnell also saw considerable playing time as a freshman. Chartiers Valley's coaches were unsure of how many 3-pointers he had as a freshman, but believe it might have been around 30 to 40. That would give him more than 120 or 130 for his career so far. With the rest of this season and two more, the record is certainly within reach."
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 11:02 PM