Duquesne (2-3) at Appalachian State (1-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Holmes Center (8,325) -- Boone, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Duquesne 2-1, ASU 1-1. Away Record: Duquesne 0-2, ASU 0-3. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-0, ASU 0-0. Conference Record: Duquesne 0-0, ASU 0-0. Series Record: Appalachian State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Duquesne Dukes step into the Holmes Center in Boone, North Carolina to tangle with the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a non-league affair.
Duquesne went 2-1 as the host school in last week's Progressive Legends Classic Sub Regional. The Dukes defeated James Madison in overtime (90-88), lost to North Dakota State (57-43) and then rallied to beat Youngstown State (84-74), all in consecutive days. They have been idle since the event wrapped up last Wednesday.
Appalachian State returns home after a three-game road trip. The Mountaineers are coming off an 87-76 loss at Virginia Tech on Friday afternoon, their fourth straight setback since opening the season with a win over NAIA for Montreat.
Appalachian State claimed a 71-68 road win in the only previous meeting between these two schools, which came during the 2005-06 season.
Duquesne is off to a 2-3 start under first-year head coach Jim Ferry, who previously led LIU-Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Sean Johnson, one of two returning starters, leads the team with 13.4 points per game. Derrick Colters (11.8 ppg) and Quevyn Winters (10.8 ppg) have also averaged double figures in the early going, although the Dukes are shooting just 39.9 percent from the floor and have been held below 70 points in three out of five games. However, freshman Quevyn Winters earned a spot on the All- SubRegional team with 37 points in the three games. He shot 50 percent from the field (14-of-28) and knocked down 5-of-12 3-pointers (.417) during the event. In addition to the emergence of Winters, the Dukes have also enjoyed a +5.2 rebounding advantage after finishing 337th out of 338th Division I schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.).
Defense has been an issue for Appalachian State, as the team has allowed 80 or more points in four straight games for the first time since 1996. Virginia Tech shot 50 percent from the floor in Friday's contest en route to an 87- point showing. The Mountaineers were rather undisciplined with 26 personal fouls, and the Hokies capitalized by knocking down 30-of-39 free throws. Redshirt sophomore Jay Canty paced ASU with 21 points and seven rebounds, although he also accounted for six of his team's 19 turnovers for the game. Canty has scored 20 or more points in three of the last four games. Senior Jamaal Trice added 19 points as four Mountaineers reached double figures for the game. However, Virginia Tech also had four double-digit scorers and took much better care of the basketball.
If the first handful of games are any indication, the Mountaineers look like they could struggle quite a bit in the Southern Conference this season. The Dukes have some areas in which they must also improve, but they've got the size and the talent to win this one on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 75, Appalachian State 65
11/28 10:34:21 ET