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Atlantic 10 Tournament 2012: Seniors Eric Evans & B.J. Monteiro Are Thinking Finals

As Duquesne Dukes prepare for the opening round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, seniors Eric Evans B.J. Monteiro would like to help take the team back to the conference finals, a place they last saw when Evans and Monteiro were freshmen.

"We're going to try to give our teammates positive energy and try to make sure that we can get there again," Evans told WTAE in Pittsburgh.

Both Evans and Monteiro have been an essential part of the Dukes' hoops program since that first year. Both players are career 1,000-point scorers.

The ninth-seeded Dukes play Massachusetts, the eighth seed, in the opening round on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Massachusetts. The winner of that game will advance to face top-seeded Temple on Friday.

The Dukes beat Massachusetts 80-69 back in January.

A complete Atlantic 10 tournament bracket is available here.

For more conference tournament action, head over to SB Nation's college basketball hub.

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