2011 NCAA Tournament: Scouting The Field: Duquesne Dukes

Mike ArrowsmithCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2011

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 6: Gary Tucker #22 of the Duquesne Dukes makes a layup during a game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on December 6, 2006 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh defeated Duquesne, 73-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Atlantic 10 doesn't have a clear leader at the moment.  Duquesne and Xavier are in a dead lock tie for first place.  Each team is 15-5 and a perfect 7-0 in conference play. However, with all due respect to Xavier and all of their accomplishments over the years, I choose to focus on Duqesne as my pick to win the Atlantic 10.

The Dukes have recorded two big wins against RPI top-100 teams against Temple (43) and Dayton (71). Dating back to January 2nd, Duquesne has been riding an impressive 10-game winning streak.  The Dukes have done this by averaging the 10th most points in the country among Division I teams with 81.8 points per game.  They are also first in the country with 19.1 assists per game and 43rd in the country in field goal percentage with .472.  

The Dukes have a very balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures.  Senior Bill Clark leads the charge with 17.3 rebounds per game.  

Right now, Duquesne appears to be a front runner to win the conference. However, with 10 of the 14 teams  in the conference boasting .500 records or better, the Dukes road to March looks to be an uphill battle.


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