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Duquesne Heads To College Basketball Invitational

The Duquesne Dukes, whose late-season collapse and Atlantic 10 Tournament loss to St. Joseph's cost them a shot at the NCAA Tournament, will instead compete in the College Basketball Invitational, which begins tomorrow. Duquesne's first game will be in Missoula, Montana on Wednesday against the University of Montana. If they win that one, they'll take on either Weber State or Oregon on March 21.

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Montana finished second in the Big Sky conference, behind Northern Colorado. The Grizzlies have been to the NCAA Tournament before, but they had an easier schedule this year than Duquesne did, so one would think that the Dukes would be the favorites despite having to play on the road.

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The rest of the 16-team field includes James Madison, Davidson, San Jose State, Creighton, Austin Peay, Boise State, Hofstra, Evansville, Miami of Ohio, UCF, and fellow A-10 teams Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure. A full bracket can be found here.

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Richmond, Temple and Xavier will represent the A-10 in the NCAA Tournament, while Dayton will head to the NIT.

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UPDATE: The University of Montana is based in Missoula, not Bozeman, so Missoula is where Duquesne will be playing. My fault.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.