Atlantic 10 Tourney: Duquesne Faces UMass For The Right To Go To Atlantic City

This is what I wrote about UMass’ loss to the Dukes a couple weeks ago:

@ Duquesne — January 18th

The Dukes are the UMass of the last couple years. They are terribly inconsistent. Still, this loss doesn’t pain me as much one like the game at Miami. This teeters on the brink of a bad loss, but I’ll give the team the benefit of the doubt. They got out played. It’s a borderline bad loss.

I gave the team a mulligan, essentially. That said, you know what would be a bad loss? Losing to this Dukes team, for a second time, and at home in Amherst.

This is a must win. No, not just in the obvious sense to move on in the A10 tourney, but to start to solidify this as a truly good season. A loss in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament (again) classifies this season as a poor one from DK and the team. Even though I didn’t expect a 20-win team before the season tipped, we’ve now seen what this team is capable of.

I pose another question; are you excited for tonight’s game? Or are are you nervous for tonight’s game?

As a fan, I’m nervous. I can’t gauge what to expect from this team night in and night out. The team has been consistent at home. Even with that lose to La Salle, this is a very, very good home team. That is something to grasp on to, and something that gives me hope for a dominating UMass performance at “The Bill” tonight.