Duquesne vs. Massachusetts: Full Game Preview
|Duquesne||D Colter 13.3||M Datt 6.0||D Colter 5.0|
|Massachusetts||C Williams 15.8||C Lalanne 6.2||C Williams 7.3|
Massachusetts hosts Duquesne at William D. Mullins Center on Thursday. The game gets underway at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Minutemen are 2-4 against the Dukes over the last four years. They won 92-83 on 3/6/2012 the last time they played.
In their last game, Chaz Williams put up 22 points and 6 rebounds in the Minutemen 77-73 win over Fordham on January 13th. An integral part of the team, he leads the way in points (15.8), assists (7.3), and steals (1.9). The Dukes were defeated by St. Joseph's (PA) 74-66 on January 12th despite 13 points and 11 rebounds from Andre Marhold. He averages 6.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.6 blocks per game.
- Massachusetts is better at defending the three (32.8% allowed vs 38.2% allowed) than Duquesne this season.
- Massachusetts players are more experienced than Duquesne players (13,022 minutes played vs 7,198 minutes played).
- Massachusetts has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (0.588 to 0.393).
- Amherst isn't as congested as Pittsburgh (population is significantly lower).
- We beat real teams. Massachusetts had more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Duquesne last season (3 vs 0).
- It's only wins and losses, but Massachusetts has a better overall record than Duquesne this season (8-3 vs 7-7).
- Massachusetts is a better free-throw-shooting team (71.2% vs 64.1%) than Duquesne this season.
- Massachusetts beat Duquesne by 9 points the last time they played (Mar 06, 2012).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Massachusetts has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Duquesne (1 vs 0).
- Even computers respect Massachusetts more. We have a better RPI this season than Duquesne (RPI: #37 vs #133).
- Chaz Williams is ranked 21st nationally in assists.