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Duquesne vs. St. Louis: The matchup

| Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007

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.


ABOUT DUQUESNE

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

Starting fives
Duquesne
Player
Pos.
Class
Ht.
PPG
Robert Mitchell
F
Fr.
6-6
17.6
Scott Grote
F
Fr.
6-6
11.3
Kieron Achara
C
Jr.
6-10
13.0
Aaron Jackson
G
Soph.
6-2
11.8
Reggie Jackson
G
Jr.
5-10
5.2
St. Louis
Player
Pos.
Class
Ht.
PPG
Luke Meyer
F
Jr.
6-5
9.5
Ian Vouyourkas
C
Sr.
6-10
12.5
Dwayne Polk
F
Jr.
5-90
6.1
Kevin Lisch
G
Soph.
6-2
14.1
Tommie Liddell
G
Soph.
6-5
13.1


Key reserve
Duquesne
Player
Pos.
Class
Ht.
PPG
Almamy Thiero
C
Gr.
6-9
2.8
St. Louis
Player
Pos.
Class
Ht.
PPG
Danny Brown
G
Jr.
6-4
5.9


COACHES

Duquesne

Ron Everhart, 1st year (13th year coaching), overall record: 178-180

St. Louis

Brad Soderberg 5th year (13th year coaching), overall record: 201-138


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