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PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: No. 15 Oregon, UNLV take center stage

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 15 Oregon vs. UNLV, 11:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

For the second straight day the college basketball schedule is relatively light, and there’s no denying that the matchup between the Ducks and Runnin’ Rebels is the most intriguing contest. While the game will be played in Las Vegas it will be played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as opposed to the Thomas & Mack Center, which is being used for the National Finals Rodeo.

The Ducks, despite not having Jordan Bell or Dylan Ennis, have played well and have the look of a Pac-12 contender thanks to players such as Dylan Brooks, Elgin Cook, Chris Boucher and Tyler Dorsey. On the other side UNLV has just one loss, and with a Mountain West POY candidate in sophomore guard Patrick McCaw leading the way this group has the the depth and talent needed to get back to the NCAA tournament. This game will provide a nice résumé boost for the winner.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: Pittsburgh vs. Duquesne, 7:00 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

The Panthers will look to rebound from their loss to No. 11 Purdue with a win against the 6-1 Dukes, who are off to their best start since the 2007-08 season. Guards Derrick Colter and Micah Mason are combining to average nearly 37 points per game to lead the way for Jim Ferry’s team, which will need strong efforts on the glass from L.G. Gill and Darius Lewis if the Dukes are to beat Pitt. Pitt has won all five games in the series that have been played at the CONSOL Energy Center, and their rotation led by forwards Michael Young and Jamel Artis and point guard James Robinson will be a test. Look for this edition of the “City Game” to be tight one.

SIX THINGS TO WATCH FOR

1. No. 2 Maryland returns to action for the first time since their loss at No. 9 North Carolina, hosting Saint Francis (PA) in College Park. If there’s one player the Terrapins would like to get going its senior forward Jake Layman, who struggled in Chapel Hill. He’s still adjusting from being a mismatch at the four as he was last season to spending most of his time at the three, but he’s talented enough to make the transition.

2. The celebrations put forth by the Monmouth bench have been great, but don’t ignore the fact that King Rice’s Hawks are a pretty good team. Monmouth opens MAAC play with a game at Canisius, and a deep team led by point guard Justin Robinson will need to be at its best against the Golden Griffins. Jim Baron’s team has lost two straight, but they have five players scoring in double figures led by high-scoring guard Malcolm McMillan (23.6 ppg). The western New York swing can be a tough one in MAAC play, so Monmouth’s focus will be key.

3. Wake Forest hosts Arkansas in a matchup of teams hoping to work their way into the conversation in their respective conferences. The Demon Deacons managed to finish third at the Maui Invitational, and they’re off to a 5-2 start despite not having injured guard Codi Miller-McIntyre. Freshman Bryant Crawford has played well in Miller-McIntyre’s absence, and forwards Dinos Mitoglou and Devin Thomas can be a tough matchup in the front court. Arkansas had a lot to replace from last season’s NCAA tournament team, and while they’re still turning teams over the half-court defense has been a struggle.

4. Two of the best players whose highlights don’t garner major attention amongst casual fans will be on the same court in New York City, as DeAndre Bembry leads Saint Joseph’s up against Maodo Lo and Columbia. But this won’t be a one-on-one kind of game, with the Hawks boasting an improved Isaiah Miles (who is leading the team in scoring) and Columbia having three other players averaging double figures led by guard Alex Rosenberg.

5. Northern Illinois hasn’t played the most rigorous of schedules to this point, but they’ll put their 7-0 record on the line at Missouri. Mark Montgomery’s team has been successful thanks in part to their offensive balance, with five players averaging at least eight points per game (Aaric Armstead leads at 13.0 ppg) and forward Marin Maric (10.6, 7.9 rpg) having posted double-doubles in each of the last two games. That balance will be key on the road against a Missouri team led by freshman Kevin Puryear.

6. After managing to hold off UT-Arlington in overtime earlier this week Texas hosts 6-2 Samford. Scott Padgett’s team opened the season with a loss at No. 24 Louisville but have won six of their last seven with the lone defeat being by just one point at Austin Peay. Texas hasn’t been all that good on the defensive glass, as opponents have grabbed more than 42 percent of their misses, and it’s an area Shaka Smart’s team needs to address. Samford’s ranked 301st in adjusted offensive efficiency, which should benefit Isaiah Taylor and company.

OTHER NOTABLE GAMES

  • Iona at Marist, 7:00 p.m.
  • Manhattan at Siena, 7:00 p.m.
  • Kansas State at Georgia, 7:00 p.m.
  • San Francisco at Montana, 9:00 p.m.
  • UC Davis at Saint Mary’s, 10:00 p.m.

POSTERIZED: Duquesne’s TySean Powell dunks on overmatched defender in Ireland

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Jim Ferry’s Duquesne Dukes are one of many teams taking summer trips to foreign countries this summer, as they’re currently taking in the sights and playing some exhibition games in Ireland. And during the team’s 100-54 victory over the Neptune Basketball Club Saturday, the opposition learned a lesson about challenging 6-foot-6 forward TySean Powell at the rim.

Powell threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk over a Neptune defender who looked to be caught deciding whether to take the charge or challenge the dunk. Give the man credit for not running out of the way at least.

And what makes this dunk even better? Watch the reaction of the fan in the white polo at the bottom of the screen. That’s not a Ric Flair walk, but it’s pretty doggone good (the referee on the baseline had a solid reaction as well).

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Former Nebraska guard is heading to the Atlantic 10

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Duquesne picked up a former Big Ten guard in Nebraka transfer Tarin Smith, according to a report from Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

As a freshman, the 6-foot-2 Smith averaged 17.6 minutes per game and put up 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. He also shot 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range.

Smith will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, but he’ll have three years left of eligibility. After Smith sits out, he can form a back court with former Butler guard and transfer Rene Castro to form a solid nucleus.

The Dukes also recruited Smith out of high school, so the coaching staff did a nice job of recruiting him the second time around to get him into the program.

Duquesne assistant remains in Philadelphia hospital after being hit by a car Tuesday

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Duquesne picked up one of its biggest wins of the season Saturday afternoon, as they beat Dayton 83-73 in Pittsburgh. However the program was without one of its assistants, as John Rhodes remains hospitalized in Philadelphia after he was hit by a car on Tuesday. The team was in Philadelphia for their matchup with La Salle.

According to Chris Harlan of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, among the injuries suffered by Rhodes were a “severely broken leg and a “slight” fracture in his neck.” During his postgame press conference Saturday, also noted that Rhodes was due to begin treatment this week after being diagnosed with cancer three weeks ago.

“He’s doing better,” Ferry said. “He’s out of the ICU. He’s scheduled to have surgery again on Monday. He’s pretty banged up. But as everybody in this room knows, ‘Big John’ is probably the most positive person out there. He’s been more positive about it to us than we have to him.”

Associate head coach Brian Nash and assistant Rich Glesmann are the other coaches on Ferry’s staff.

Derrick Colter leads five in double figures as Duquesne upsets Dayton (VIDEO)

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Less than 48 hours after they moved back into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10, Dayton was back in action. But their trip to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne did not go as planned, as the Flyers struggled to corral the Dukes in an 83-73 Duquesne victory.

Five players scored in double figures for Jim Ferry’s team, with guard Derrick Colter scoring a team-high 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. As a team the Dukes shot 52.5% from the field, assisting on 21 of their 31 made field goals. Among the other four double-digit scorers was guard Micah Mason, who tallied 17 points and also accounted for nine assists and eight rebounds.

Duquesne was able to take advantage of Dayton’s deficiencies in both depth and interior size, scoring 49 points in the paint and receiving 20 points from their bench.

Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre led all scorers with 27 points, and he also grabbed 12 rebounds in what is is third consecutive game with a double-double. However other Flyers struggled offensively, as Jordan Sibert’s 12 points were scored on 4-for-14 shooting and fellow guards Darrell (three points) and Kyle Davis (five points) combined to shoot 2-for-15 from the field.

Dayton dropped to 20-6 overall and 10-4 in conference play as a result of the loss, with Duquesne moving to 9-16 (4-10 Atlantic 10). In NBCSports.com’s most recent bracket Dayton was an eight-seed, but this kind of result doesn’t help the Flyers as they look to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament.

WATCH LIVE: Dayton travels to play Duquesne on NBCSN

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Dayton (20-5, 10-3) is tied for the Atlantic 10 lead with VCU and Rhode Island and could use a road win against Duquesne (8-16, 3-10) in Atlantic 10 play on Saturday. The Flyers have a mini three-game winning streak heading into this one and will look to continue that with their exciting team.

The Dukes haven’t been able to muster up many wins during conference play, but their last home game they did pick up a surprising 16-point win over George Washington.

You can watch the game on NBCSN at 2 p.m. EST.

WATCH LIVE: Duquesne vs. Dayton on Live Extra.