The La Salle Explorers will host the Duquesne Dukes on Wednesday in an Atlantic-10 match-up. According to the College Basketball Power Index, Duquesne is rated 93rd in BPI, and La Salle is 207th. The Dukes are currently ninth in the A-10 standings, and La Salle is 12th. These two teams have not yet met this season. Last season, Duquense defeated La Salle 71-69 as a 9.5 point home favorite on February 2, 2020.
Dukes coming off loss to RichmondThe Duquesne Dukes are 7-7 overall and 6-6 in the Atlantic-10 conference, currently three games behind first-place St. Bonaventure and VCU with only two games remaining on their regular-season schedule. The Dukes had put together a three-game winning streak with a 86-62 win over Fordham on January 27, a 67-50 win over Saint Joseph's on January 30, and 69-64 over Dayton on February 2, before having two games postponed and experiencing a long layoff. The Dukes returned to the court this past Saturday and lost to Richmond 79-72 as a nine-point dog.
Duquesne is led by a trio of seniors. Marcus Weathers, a 6'5 forward leads the team with 14.8 ppg and adds 7.2 rebounds, followed by 6'8 center Micheal Hughes with 11.1 ppg and a team-best 8.1 rebounds. Tavian Dunn-Martin a 5'8 guard is third with 10.2 ppg and a team-best 3.4 assists per game. The Dukes have been a poor offensive team, scoring 66.3 ppg on the season, shooting 41.9% from the field, 29% from three-point range, and 65.3% from the free-throw line. Defensively the Dukes are holding opponents to just 65.1 ppg which is 58th best in the country.
La Salle looks to stop losing streakLa Salle is 7-14 overall and 5-10 in the Atlantic-10. After getting off to a .500 start through their first eight conference games, the Explorers have lost six of their last seven games and will enter Wednesday on a four-game losing streak. The Explores lost on Saturday 91-82 in overtime as a 1.5 point favorite.
Sherif Kenney, a 6'4 sophomore guard, leads the team with 10.1 ppg but only shots 39.7% from the floor, and Jack Clark, a 6'8 sophomore guard, leads the team with 10 ppg on shooting 39.9% shooting and has added 5.1 rebounds per game this season, but only shoots 39.3% from the floor. The Explorers are averaging 68 ppg and shooting 43.6% from the floor, 34% from three-point range, and 67.5% from the free-throw line. Defensively Las Salle has allowed 73.3 ppg, which is 258th in the country.
- Dukes are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Explorers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.