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In 2002-2003, for a fifth consecutive season, Duquesne failed to reach double digits in wins. But believe it or not, the Dukes are getting better. Sure, you might have to squint to notice the improvement, but it's there. The trouble is that the rest of the teams in the Atlantic 10 West have gotten better over the last five years, too. Some of them significantly better.
As a result, the hard-luck Dukes lost a total of eight games by a five points or fewer a year ago, including a season-ending 75-73 loss to Rhode Island in the first round of the A-10 Tournament.