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Duquesne looks for fifth straight win

| Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Saint Louis (5-10, 0-2 A-10) at Duquesne (9-5, 1-0)

7 p.m. today, Palumbo Center

Radio: WPBG-FM (104.7)

Favorite: Duquesne by 9 1/2

Series: Duquesne leads, 6-5.

Outlook: Duquesne is seeking its fifth consecutive victory after posting a pair of double-digit road wins last week against Saint Joseph's in their Atlantic 10 Conference opener and Houston Baptist in their final nonconference game. The Dukes lead the A-10 in scoring average (81.9 ppg.), led by senior forward Bill Clark (17.4 ppg.), who ranks sixth in the conference in scoring.

Saint Louis is hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive loss. The Billikens played tough at No. 19 Temple on Sunday, losing, 57-53, after opening their A-10 schedule last Wednesday with a 60-50 home loss to Dayton.

Associate head coach Porter Moser will be leading the team for a third consecutive game in the absence of coach Rick Majerus, who is out with a leg infection. Majerus developed the infection after he received a cut in a collision with a player near the Saint Louis bench during a 67-61 home loss to Bowling Green on Jan. 1. Moser is a former head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State.

Saint Louis has played thus far without a pair of suspended starters following sex-assault allegations. Junior guard Kwamain Mitchell, the team's leading scorer a year ago, is re-enrolled in classes and recently began practicing with the Billikens, but his playing status is unclear, pending NCAA approval. Forward Willie Reed also has re-enrolled in school but will not rejoin the team this season.

Probable starters

Saint Louis

Coach: Rick Majerus, fourth season (62-52)

F Brian Conklin, 6-6 Jr.: 8.5 points per game

F Rob Loe 6-11 Fr.: 5.9 ppg

G Jordair Jett, 6-2 Fr.: 9.2 ppg

G Mike Gehlen, 6-3 Fr.: 9.4 ppg

G Kyle Cassity, 6-4 Jr.: 9.4 ppg

Duquesne

Coach: Ron Everhart, fifth season (73-66)

F/G Bill Clark, 6-5 Sr.: 17.4 ppg

F Damian Saunders, 6-7 Sr.: 12.4 ppg

G/F B.J. Monteiro, 6-5 Jr.: 11.0 ppg

G T.J. McConnell, 6-0 Fr.: 11.5 ppg

G Mike Talley, 5-10 Fr.: 8.2 ppg

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