Duquesne vs. St. Louis: The matchup
DUQUESNE (4-8, 0-1 Atlantic 10) vs. SAINT LOUIS (10-4, 0-1)
LINE : Saint Louis by 16
When: 8 p.m. Today
Where : Scottrade Center, St. Louis
Radio : KQV-AM (1410)
Series : Duquesne leads, 3-1
WHAT TO EXPECT: Exactly which Duquesne and which Saint Louis teams will show up tonight• After dealing Boston College an unexpected overtime loss last week, Duquesne suffered a 48-point setback at Saint Joseph's in the Dukes' Atlantic 10 Conference opener Wednesday. Saint Louis topped Mississippi after leading No. 2 North Carolina for a period in a 21-point loss, then fell to lowly St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, despite shooting 50 percent. Duquesne will be challenged by 6-foot-10, 270-pound center Ian Vouyoukas. Saint Louis is gunning for its second consecutive victory in the series after defeating Duquesne, 70-57, last season at Palumbo Center, as guard Tommie Liddell narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.
ESPN2 plans to air a feature this morning at about 11 a.m. during its college basketball coverage on the Duquesne program, ravaged in the preseason by an on-campus shootings incident that injured five players. The Dukes, who have exceeded last season's win total of three, have won two of their past three games after suffering an 89-41 loss at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday. Freshman forward Robert Mitchell ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (17.6 ppg.).
BY THE NUMBERS
C Kieron Achara Shooting 55.0 percent in six games since since returning from a foot injury.
C Almamy Thiero Scored a career-high seven points in 13 minutes against Saint Joseph's.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS
The Billikens, in their second season in the Atlantic 10, begin a three-game homestand after returning from a 74-69 loss at St. Bonaventure. Saint Louis couldn't survive despite hitting 10 of 19 shots from 3-point range, including 5 of 6 from sophomore Tommie Liddell, who scored a team-high 23 points. Saint Louis' other three losses include two to ranked teams (69-33 to No. 11 Texas A&M and 69-48 to No. 2 North Carolina).
BY THE NUMBERS
C Ian Vouyoukas Averaging nearly a double-double (12.5 ppg., 9.2 rpg.).
F Luke Meyer Shooting a team-leading 50.0 percent (53 for 106).
NEXT GAME: January 10 -- vs. La Salle, 7 p.m., Palumbo Center
Ron Everhart, 1st year (13th year coaching), overall record: 178-180
Brad Soderberg 5th year (13th year coaching), overall record: 201-138