Duquesne (15-12) at George Washington (9-18)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 25th, 2:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles E. Smith Center (4,338) -- Washington, D.C. Television: None. Home Record: Duquesne 10-4, GW 5-7. Away Record: Duquesne 3-7, GW 2-10. Neutral Record: Duquesne 2-1, GW 2-1. Conference Record: Duquesne 6-7, GW 4-9. Series Record: George Washington leads, 42-27.
GAME NOTES: Duquesne tries to avoid a three-game slide for the first time this season as the Dukes settle in against the George Washington Colonials for an Atlantic 10 Conference bout at the Smith Center this afternoon.
Only twice this season has Duquesne dropped back-to-back outings, but those instances have taken place within a span of eight games over the last month or so. On Wednesday night, the team was defeated by Dayton at home in a 74-62 final, the third loss in the last four games overall for the Dukes as they dropped to 6-7 in conference play as well.
Meanwhile, the Colonials have been an absolute mess the last several weeks, enjoying just a single win in eight opportunities. Three nights ago, the team was beaten by Charlotte on the road in a 72-62 decision, the second straight loss for a GW group that is only 4-9 in conference on the season.
George Washington owns a 42-27 advantage in the all-time series with the Dukes and that includes a 36-22 edge in Atlantic 10 regular-season matchups as well. For the games played in the nation's capital, the Colonials are up by a count of 23-7 as well.
The Dukes forced Dayton into a hefty 20 turnovers on Wednesday night, but at the same time the Flyers put five players in double figures and limited the hosts to a mere 4-of-21 shooting behind the three-point line in the double- digit decision. Mike Talley came off the bench to generate a team-best 13 points for Duquesne, followed by B.J. Monteiro with 10 points, but he shot just 3-of-9 from the floor before fouling out. In conference games this season the Dukes are giving up 71.2 ppg and much of that has to do with the fact that those opponents are clearing seven more rebounds per game than the Dukes. Monteiro (5.0 rpg) and T.J. McConnell (4.7 rpg) not only pace the group on the glass in those A-10 outings, they also combine for 27.0 ppg as well, the latter responsible for more than five assists per game too.
Nemanja Mikic knocked down 3-of-6 shots behind the three-point line, one of those giving the Colonials a brief three-point lead in the opening minutes of the meeting with Charlotte, but that was about the extent of the good news for the visitors to Halton Arena. Mikic finished with 11 points and six rebounds for GW, while Tony Taylor was again the leading scorer for the group with his 14 points. David Pellom logged a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Lasan Kromah 10 points, six assists and five boards in the loss. Taylor, the leading scorer in five of seven games this month for the Colonials, is putting up 13.7 ppg overall this season thanks to his efforts at the free-throw line where he has knocked down more shots (91) than anyone else on the team has even attempted. Taylor is also first with 118 assists in an effort to keep the offense moving, but still this is a group producing a mere 63.0 ppg and giving up 67.3 ppg.
The Colonials certainly have the players to put together a push towards a win today, but with much more on the line when it comes to positioning for the conference tournament, Duquesne should have the edge.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 67, George Washington 63
02/25 10:37:40 ET