Dukes stay west for Ducks

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Scouting report
  • Matchup: Duquesne (19-12) at Oregon (17-17), 10 p.m. today, Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore.
  • TV/Radio Internet: HDNet, WPGB-FM (104.7), GoDuquesne.com.
  • Duquesne: Coming off an 87-76 win against Montana Wednesday. ... Greg Linnelli will call the game on the radio. He will fill in for play-by-play announcer Ray Goss, whose wife, Dee, passed away Thursday. ... Coach Ron Everhart earned his first post-conference tournament win against the Grizzlies. ... Five players scored in double figures against Montana, led by sophomore G Sean Johnson's 19 points. ... Is 3-1 all time against Oregon and previously played Dec. 26, 1975.
  • Oregon: Coming off a 68-59 home win against Weber State Wednesday. ... Made 23 of 26 free throws in the contest. ... Sophomore forward E.J. Singler makes 39 percent of his 3-point attempts. ... Beat UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament.
  • Of note: Dukes freshman G T.J. McConnell holds Duquesne's single-season steals record after getting four against Montana.

A bid to the College Basketball Invitational turned into a road trip through the Pacific Northwest.

Duquesne, which went on the road and beat Montana Wednesday in the first round, 87-76, advanced to face Oregon on the road at 10 p.m. today. Rather than fly to Pittsburgh, then back to the West Coast, the team took a bus from Missoula, Mont., to Eugene, Ore., with a stop in Richland, Wash.

"They really are having a blast," Dukes coach Ron Everhart said of the players.

The team had to request a waiver from the NCAA, Everhart said, to stay out west rather than follow travel regulations, which mandate that a team cannot leave more than 48 hours before a game or return later than 24 hours after a game. Postseason tournaments are exempted, Everhart said, but the NCAA doesn't recognize the CBI as a sanctioned postseason tournament.

Oregon (17-17) beat Weber State, 68-59, in the first round. Senior forward Joevan Catron had 24 points and 12 rebounds and made 12 of 13 free throws, and sophomore forward E.J. Singler, the younger brother of Duke senior Kyle Singler, had 16 points. The Ducks shot an efficient 10 for 18 from the field in the second half.

"They're very athletic, strong inside with Catron, and shoot the ball very well," Everhart said. "Collectively they're a good defensive team. They get great helps, pack it in and like a lot of teams that we play that are like that, the key for us is to get them to extend."

Duquesne (19-12) was able to extend Montana, Everhart said. The Dukes scored 21 points off turnovers and 10 on the fastbreak.

"I think we were ready to go when we left Pittsburgh," he said. "I think we're ready to go now."

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com .


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