Anyway, the Duqies come to town this Saturday. NESNplus gets the TV, ESPN+ will have the stream. 2 PM tip.
(Bundle up and you can catch a men's lacrosse exhibition vs Providence at noon.)
Duq was picked to finish 8th in the league this year, coming off their 7th place finish last season, 10-8 in the league, 19-13 overall. The 10 wins was Duq's most since 2010-11.
This year they're 15-3 / 5-1. They picked up 13 votes in the last AP poll (tied for 37th). They started the season 10-0, albeit against a moderately soft non-conference schedule. They do have decent A-10 wins over SLU and Davidson, but stumbled yesterday at Rhody, 77-55.
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In true away games, they're 2-1, all of those conference games (at SJU and GW were the wins).
A look at the roster...
- Marcus Weathers (6'5 215 RS Jr F) leads them with 14.3 ppg and 8.1 rpg. The PPG is 11th in the league, RPG 6th. He shoots 60% from the floor, almost all two-pointers.
- All-Name Team member Sincere Carry (6'1 180 So G) adds 11.0 ppg and 3.6 rpg, and leads in assists with 4.4 apg. His A:TO ratio is 1.5. If you're gonna travel, do it sincerely.
- Michael Hughes (6'8 240 RS Jr C) adds 10.1 / 6.9. He transferred to follow Coach Dambrot to Duq from Akron.
- Baylee Steele (6'11 240 Grad C) does 9.3 / 5.1. He had bounced around: Eastern Mich - Utah Valley (WAC) - Duq.
- Tavian Dunn-Martin (5'8 155 RS Jr G) adds 9.2 / 2.1. He was also the league's 6th Man of the Year last season, and also transferred from Akron. Two-thirds of his shots are 3s, and he hits 36%.
- Maceo Austin (6'5 190 Fr G) does 8.7 / 4.1
- Lamar Norman Jr. (6'3 180 So G) adds 5.3 / 1.9
Weathers / Carry / Hughes / Austin have been consistent starters all year. Norman started the last 6 games in place of Dunn-Martin.
Duq is in the middle of the pack in offensive production, 8th in the league at 66.8 ppg (league games only). They're 3rd in D at 62.8. That could be trouble for us if we have more of our offensively-challenged stretches. In shooting % terms, they're 3rd best in both offense and defense, while we're #11 on offense and #13 in defense. From 3, both teams are at the top of the league in %, we have a slight edge.
On the glass they've got a +0.5 margin, versus our -6.7, by far the worst in the league, 2.5 worse than Fordham at #13. Yikes.
Duq is by far the leader in blocks, at 6.83 per game. Hughes leads the league at 4.0, Weathers is 5th at 1.7.
Notebook: Home games are a weird concept for them this year. Their usual home, the Palumbo Center, is being renovated. Their home games are scattered around Pittsburgh, at the Penguins' building, and the home gyms for Robert Morris and La Roche University. The renovated building will get a new name, and is supposed to be ready for next season.
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