Dukes, a win away from Jersey -- For Sure

Duquesne's men's basketball team closes out the regular season schedule on Saturday afternoon when they host Saint Louis. A win will do a lot of things, such as stop a losing streak and set their place in the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship.

Update: The win to seal a berth in the A-10s came Thursday night from Charlotte, which beat GW, 77-61.

Following Wednesday night's game, Duquesne dropped from a tie for 9th to 11th place in the Atlantic 10 standings -- a half-game in front of George Washington and up a full game over Fordham.

Last season, Duquesne finished the regular season with a 10-18 overall record, 6-10 in the A-10, and finished 10th in the league. DU lost its opening round game to Saint Louis, 78-77.

A win over the 2008 Billiken team would raise the Dukes' league mark to 7-9. Duquesne could finish as high as 8th, likely in a tie.

Wednesday's results:

at Massachusetts 100  La Salle           63
at Richmond       58  Fordham            53
Dayton            78  at St. Bonaventure 73
at Temple         90  Duquesne           85
The Bonnies are stuck in last place and will be one of the two teams not getting a trip to Atlantic City.

Here are Thursday morning's standings:

   	        Conf   	All 
 Xavier  	  13-1  25-4 
 Temple 	  10-5  17-12 
 Massachusetts 	  9-6  	20-9 
 Richmond 	  9-6  	16-12 
 Saint Joseph's   8-6   17-10 
 La Salle 	  8-7  	14-15 
 Charlotte 	  7-7  	16-12 
 Rhode Island 	  7-8  	21-9 
 Dayton 	  7-8  	19-9 
 Saint Louis 	  7-8  	16-13 
 Duquesne 	  6-9  	16-12 
 Geo. Washington  5-9  	9-15 
 Fordham 	  5-10  11-16 
 St. Bonaventure  2-13  8-21 

George Washington is one of four teams playing their 15th league game tonight, Thursday, March 7th. The games, A-10 position in parentheses:

George Washington (12) at Charlotte (T7)     8:00 PM
Xavier (1)             at Saint Joseph's (5) 9:00 PM

The Xavier-Hawks game will be televised on ESPN; GW-49ers is a CSTV regional telecast.

All 14 teams are in action Saturday. The games that directly affect the Dukes:

St. Bonaventure (14)   at Fordham (13)           1:00 PM
Saint Louis (T8)       at Duquesne (11)          4:00 PM
Massachusetts (T3)     at George Washington (12) 7:30 PM

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