Duquesne looks for fifth straight win
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.
• Coach: Rick Majerus, fourth season (62-52)
FBrian Conklin,6-6Jr.: 8.5 points per game
FRob Loe6-11Fr.: 5.9 ppg
GJordair Jett,6-2Fr.: 9.2 ppg
GMike Gehlen,6-3Fr.: 9.4 ppg
GKyle Cassity,6-4Jr.: 9.4 ppg
• Coach: Ron Everhart, fifth season (73-66)
F/GBill Clark,6-5Sr.: 17.4 ppg
FDamian Saunders,6-7Sr.: 12.4 ppg
G/FB.J. Monteiro,6-5Jr.: 11.0 ppg
GT.J. McConnell,6-0Fr.: 11.5 ppg
GMike Talley,5-10Fr.: 8.2 ppg