PREVIEW: @DuqMBB at Dayton
Feb. 5, 2018

  GAMEDAY
 Game 25 Duquesne (15-9, 6-5) at Dayton (10-12, 4-6)
 Date | Time Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. ET
 Location UD Arena (13,455) | Dayton, Ohio
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Duquesne (15-9, 6-5) heads to Ohio to face Dayton (10-12, 4-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised locally by AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. The Dukes head to UD Arena looking to post back-to-back wins over the Flyers for the first time since 2010 & 2011. DU defeated UD, 70-62, in the A-10 opener for both schools in Pittsburgh on Dec. 30. The Dukes, who are 2-3 on a road, have dropped their past four at Dayton (last win at UD was on Feb. 1, 2012 by a 83-73 score).

TRENDING
• The Dukes, who have eclipsed last season’s win total and conference victory mark (10-22, 3-15) in their first-year under head coach Keith Dambrot, have gone to triple overtime (W over La Salle), double overtime (W over George Mason) and overtime (L to Richmond) in conference play. In addition, DU has seen two other games decided in the closing seconds (a buzzer-beating loss on a 3-pointer at Rhode Island and a defeat on a St. Bonaventure 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left on Saturday).

The Last Meeting
Dayton62
Duquesne70
December 30, 2017
A.J. Palumbo Center
Dukes Drop Dayton
Rene Castro-Caneddy scored a game-high 21 points and Duquesne held Dayton without a field goal over the final 5:33 to pull away for a 70-62 Atlantic 10 opening-win over the Flyers at the Palumbo Center.

• Duquesne ranks 5th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.296). The .296 mark, which leads the A-10, is the best in school history. DU ranked 232nd in 3-point defense last season.

• DU has outrebounded 17 of 24 opponents (tied once). The Dukes were outboarded 19 times in 2017. DU leads the A-10 at 38.0 rpg.

• Duquesne is 11-2 when holding opponents under 70 points and 15-1 when leading with 5:00 left.

• Duquesne is coming off its two best shooting games of the season, .500 at George Washington and a season-high .556 vs. St. Bonaventure.

Eric Williams Jr., a four-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, is averaging a team-high 15.5 ppg. in conference play. He has four double-doubles in 11 league games.

• Williams Jr.’s 11 double-digit rebound games are tied for most in the A-10. His nine double-doubles rank second in the conference and ninth nationally among Division I freshmen.

Tydus Verhoeven, the A-10’s leading shot blocker (53, 2.21/g.), rejected a DU freshman record nine shots vs. George Mason on Jan. 20. He is one block shy of tying the DU freshman record of 54 set by Derrick Alston in 1991.

Tarin Smith, who entered this season with 21 3-pointers in 63 career games, has 28 3-pointers in 24 games this year.

• Graduate student guard Rene Castro-Caneddy, who entered the season with a 5.0 ppg. scoring average, is scoring at a 13.3 ppg. clip. He has scored in double digits eight times, and toaled 20 or more four times in 11 A-10 games.

• DU’s three overtime games in 2017-18 are its most since a school record six in 2009-10.

THE SERIES
Series Record: Dayton leads 52-24
At Pittsburgh: Dayton leads 20-15
At Dayton: Dayton leads 31-6
A-10 Regular Season: Dayton leads 30-10
A-10 Championship: Tied 1-1
Dambrot vs. Dayton: 1-4
Dambrot vs. Dayton at Duquesne: 1-0

• This is the 77th meeting in a series that dates to Jan. 5, 1953. Dayton leads the series 52-24, including a 30-10 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season games. In games at Dayton, UD leads 31-6. Dayton has won six of the past seven at UD Arena, including a 76-74 win in 2016, a 64-63 win in 2011 and a 78-72 overtime win in 2010. DU’s last win at Dayton came on Feb. 1, 2012 (83-73, a span of four games).

• Duquesne, which lost 16 in a row to Dayton from 1997 through 2004, is 9-14 against the Flyers in the past 23 games.

• Duquesne snapped a four-game series losing streak with a 70-62 win over the Flyers in Pittsburgh on Dec. 30.

• Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot is 1-4 vs. Dayton, with the four losses coming when the first-year DU coach was at Akron. Three of the four games were single-digit affairs including an 83-81 double overtime loss to the No. 20 (AP) Flyers at UD Arena on Jan. 2, 2008 and a 54-50 home loss on Dec. 6, 2008.

NOTING THE DUKES
• This is the 102nd season of basketball for Duquesne University. The Dukes started play in 1913-14 (DU did not field a team in 1944-45-46 due to World War II).

• DU is in its first season under head coach Keith Dambrot. Dambrot came to the Bluff after 13 highly-successful seasons at Akron, where he led the Zips to a 305-139 record (23.5 wins per season) including 10 postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 5 NIT, 1 CBI & 1 CIT). Dambrot’s 15-9 start is the best by a DU first-year coach since Dudey Moore went 17-5 in 1948-49 (22-game season). Moore coached Keith’s father, Sid, from 1952-54 during his highly-successful 10 seasons on the Bluff. There were 10 coaches between Moore and Dambrot.

TOP SINGLE-SEASON IMPROVEMENT
Duquesne in on pace to challenge the top single-season turnaround in school history:

YEAR-TO-YEAR -- RECORDS (IMPROVEMENT)
1967 to 1968 -- 7-15 / 18-7 (+9.5)
2017 to 2018 -- 10-22 / 15-9 (+9.0)
1960 to 1961 -- 8-15 / 15-7 (+7.5)
1938 to 1939* -- 6-11 / 14-4 (+7.5)
* - pre-World War II

• This is the third time in 41 A-10 seasons that the Dukes opened conference play 3-0 or better. Duquesne finished no worse than tied for fifth on the other two occasions: a school-record 8-0 start resulted in a tie for 4th at 10-6 in 2011 and a 3-0 start in 2009 produced a t5th finish at 9-7.

• Duquesne had its full roster for the first time this season on Dec. 9 vs. Delaware State (DU was 4-3 at the time). JC transfer Marko Krivacevic missed seven games with a broken bone in his wrist. Grad transfer Chas Brown missed the first four games with a foot injury and senior forward Eric James (knee) missed the Cornell game. Sophomore forward Kellon Taylor, who spent the fall as a receiver for DU’s FCS football team, joined the team just prior to Thanksgiving (he was not in uniform for the first two games).

• Duquesne has received significant contributions from a pair of freshmen. Six-five swingman Eric Williams Jr. (14.8, 9.2) is second in the A-10 with a 9.2 rpg. average - the highest by a Duke since Damian Saunders averaged 11.3 rpg. in 2010. The versatile G/F, who has nine double-doubles, is second on the team with 52 3-pointers and has thrown down a team-high 17 dunks. Williams Jr., who has set DU freshman records for points (34 vs. George Mason) and rebounds (16 vs. Stetson) ranks seventh among Division I freshmen in rebounds per game & ninth in double-doubles (through Feb. 4). Six-nine forward Tydus Verhoeven set a DU freshman record with nine blocks vs. George Mason on Jan. 20. The 6-8 Verhoeven, who has blocked five or more in a game three times, leads the A-10 with 53 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game (2.21 bpg.).

LAST GAME
Feb. 3 • St. Bonaventure 84, Duquesne 81

• St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams hit a 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to give the Bonnies the win. The 3-pointer was the eighth of the game for Adams, who set a Palumbo Center opponent record with 40 points.
• Duquesne shot a season-best 55.6 percent in the defeat. It was DU’s second-straight game at 50 percent or better (DU went 28-of-56 from the field in its 75-73 win at George Washington).
Tarin Smith led four Dukes in double figures with 24 points. Smith, who went 9-of-15 from the floor, hit a clutch 3-pointer with under 40 seconds left to tie it at 81-81.
Rene Castro-Caneddy finished with 21 points, Mike Lewis II had 11 and Eric Williams Jr. scored 10. Chas Brown led DU with a season high-tying nine rebounds.
• The Bonnies outscored the Dukes 20-5 in second-chance points. SBU was just the sixth team to outrebound DU this year (34-31).
• Duquesne outscored the St. Bonaventure bench 34-7.
• Duquesne, which trailed 22-9 early, went on a 25-4 run to take a 34-26 lead with 3:21 left in the first half. Smith, Castro-Caneddy and Kellon Taylor combined to score all 25 DU points during the run.
• Duquesne’s largest lead was eight at 34-26 with 2:26 left in the first half ... St. Bonaventure’s largest lead was 13 at 22-9 at the 11:37 mark of the first half ... Duquesne led for 20:03 and SBU led for 17:27 ... the game was tied for 2:04 ... there were four ties and six lead changes.

 

 

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