Saint Louis (4-11, 0-3 A-10) vs. Duquesne (8-8, 1-2 A-10)
Wednesday, Jan. 11 :: 6 p.m. (CT) :: Palumbo Center
Radio: 101.1 FM ESPN (Bob Ramsey, Earl Austin Jr.)
Online: Watch on Facebook Live | Watch on A-10 Digital Network | Listen (101sports.com) | Live Stats
SETTING THE SCENE
-- Saint Louis (4-11, 0-3 A-10) begins a two-game roadswing Wednesday when it faces the Duquesne Dukes in Pittsburgh. Tipoff at the Palumbo Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT).
-- Wednesday’s game is one of 15 selected to be streamed on Facebook Live by the Atlantic 10 Conference. Fans can find the game on the A-10’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Atlantic10. Tom Benz and Bob Healy will call the action. The game will also be streamed on the A-10 Digital Network.
-- Wednesday’s radio broadcast will air on 101 ESPN. As always, Billiken Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey provides the play-by-play, while St. Louis American Sports Editor Earl Austin Jr. handles the analysis.
THE OPENING TIP
-- SLU is in its 12th year in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bills captured A-10 regular-season crowns in 2013 and 2014 and won the A-10 Tournament in 2013.
-- Junior guard Davell Roby is second on the Billikens with 10.3 ppg. Over the last two games, he is 6-of-8 from 3-point range.
-- Senior forward Reggie Agbeko scores 9.4 ppg and is second in the Atlantic 10 Conference with 8.1 rpg. He has four double-doubles on the season and seven in his career.
-- Senior guard Mike Crawford averages 9.4 ppg, including a team-high 11 ppg in A-10 games. Redshirt freshman forward Elliott Welmer scores 7.6 ppg.
-- True freshmen Jalen Johnson (5.4 ppg) and Zeke Moore (5.3 ppg) have appeared in every game this year. Moore has at least one 3-pointer in seven of the last nine games. Johnson tied a career high with five rebounds vs. URI.
-- Sophomore guard Jermaine Bishop leads the Billikens in scoring with 11.6 ppg but has missed the last six games with an injury. Redshirt junior guard Aaron Hines has filled in and is averaging 10.7 ppg in A-10 play. He buried a career-high three 3-pointers against Davidson en route to 13 points.
-- First-year Billikens head coach Travis Ford is in his 20th season as a collegiate head coach and has a 349-268 career mark.
-- The Billikens remain on the road to face George Mason on Saturday in a 1:30 p.m. (CT) tip. That game will be televised on NBCSN.
-- Duquesne (8-8 overall, 1-2 in the A-10) has dropped two in a row, including an 88-81 defeat at La Salle in the Dukes’ last outing.
-- The Dukes are led by Mike Lewis II, a three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week who averages 12.7 ppg. He has buried a team-high 27 treys for Duquesne. Emile Blackman follows with 11.7 ppg, while Isiaha Mike rounds out three scorers averaging double-figures for Duquesne.
-- Duquesne’s top four scorers – all starters – are newcomers. The Dukes lost 70 percent of its scoring from last season.
-- The Dukes are 10th in the league in scoring offense (72.4 ppg) and 12th in scoring defense (72.8 ppg allowed). They have scored 70 or more points in each of the last six games.
-- Head coach Jim Ferry is 58-83 in five seasons at Duquesne, 312-251 in 19 years overall.