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Duquesne (13-16) vs. Richmond (18-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (17,732) -- Brooklyn, New York. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: DU 6-9, UR 9-5. Away Record: DU 7-6, UR 4-8. Neutral Record: DU 0-1, UR 2-2. Conference Record: DU 5-11, UR 7-9. Series Record: Richmond leads, 16-9.
GAME NOTES: The 10th-seeded Duquesne Dukes face the seventh-seeded Richmond Spiders in a second-round game in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.
The winner will take on second-seeded VCU on Friday evening in the quarterfinals.
The Dukes took to the road to beat George Mason, 81-69, in their final regular season game last Saturday. The Dukes enter the postseason with just three wins in their last 10 outings. This is the first trip to the Barclays Center for the Dukes, who failed to qualify for the A-10 Tournament last season.
The Spiders enter postseason play on a four-game losing streak during which they have averaged a mere 50.3 ppg. They concluded their regular season schedule with a 60-48 loss at Dayton last Saturday.
This is the 26th meeting in a series, but just the first between the two in Atlantic 10 Tournament play. Richmond has won two straight and 16 of the last 17, including the only other meeting this year, a 75-58 verdict in Pittsburgh.
Derrick Colter hit a career-high five 3-pointers to pace five Dukes in double figures with 21 points, as Duquesne defeated George Mason the last time out. Colter added eight rebounds and four assists and finished the game without a turnover. L.G. Gill scored 16 points off the bench, while Ovie Soko finished with 18 points and Micah Mason and Dominique McKoy chipped in with 11 and 10, respectively. After the teams played close for most of the first half, the Dukes used a 20-2 run that spanned the intermission to take control of the contest. The Dukes finished the game an impressive 11-of-21 from beyond the arc and shot 52.7 percent from the field overall, including a red-hot 66.7 percent in the second half.
Soko is one of the most dominant players in the A-10, as he leads the conference in scoring (18.2 ppg), and is also in the top-10 in rebounding (7.8 rpg). He gets help from Mason (11.0 ppg), McCoy (9.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Colter (9.2 ppg, 3.4 apg). As a collective unit, the Dukes are scoring a healthy 73.7 ppg, but giving up 73.6 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting from the field, both marks good for second-worst in the league.
In the recent loss to Dayton, Kendall Anthony scored a game-high 20 points, while Terry Allen added 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and grabbed five rebounds. Trailing 34-19 at the half, Allen scored 13 of his 17 points after the break to mount the comeback bid that saw the Flyers' lead trimmed to eight with four minutes to play, but Dayton was able to hold on down the stretch and hand the Spiders their fourth straight loss.
Anthony's 20 points against the Flyers was his 16th-career 20-point game, and his seventh in the last 10 games. He is second on the team in scoring at 16.0 ppg, and has really picked up the pace since the team lost leading scorer Cedrick Lindsay with a knee injury more than a month ago. Trey Davis is the team's top rebounder, pulling down 6.9 rpg. Although they only score 66.7 ppg, last in the A-10, Richmond is superb at its own end, holding opponents to 65.0 ppg, second-best in the conference. The Spiders have held the opposition to 64 points or less in 16 of the 31 regular-season games.
Despite their excellent defense, the Spiders still have trouble putting up enough points to compete on a nightly basis. The Dukes have no trouble scoring and with their defensive woes, they usually need every point they can get. The Spiders have dominated this rivalry for a long time, but this Duquesne team should be able to put up just enough to deal with Richmond and advance to the quarterfinals.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 74, Richmond 66
03/13 11:07:50 ET