Men's Basketball Releases 2012-13 Non-Conference Schedule
July 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH - A total of seven home games - including three in three days as part of the 2012 Legends Classic - highlight the 14-game non-conference portion of Duquesne University's 2012-13 men's basketball schedule announced today.
The Dukes, in their first season under head coach Jim Ferry, will open at Albany on Nov. 9. DU will then take part in the Legends Classic with an opening round game at one of four potential sites (Georgetown, Georgia, Indiana or UCLA) between Nov. 11-15. Duquesne will host three teams in a Legends Classic subregional Nov. 19-21. The round robin format will feature doubleheaders on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday leading up to Thanksgiving.
A post-holiday game at Appalachian State on Nov. 28 completes the November portion of the schedule.
DU opens December at home against Maine on Dec. 1 before its annual clash with Pitt in the 81st edition of the City Game at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 5.
Following the Pitt game, the Dukes will host New Orleans on Dec. 8 and West Virginia at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 11.
Duquesne will make the short trip to Moon Township to play Robert Morris on Dec. 15 before returning home to face Western Michigan on Dec. 19.
The Dukes will leave the Pittsburgh area for the first time in December for a game at Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 22. DU concludes the non-conference portion of the schedule at Penn State on Dec. 29.
Exhibition games and home game times will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The Atlantic 10 schedule will be released in late August/early September.
Season and group tickets are now on sale. Call 412-232-DUKE or go to www.GoDuquesne.com. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.
An in-depth look at the 2012-13 non-conference opponents follows:
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK at DU'S 2012-13 NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS ** four Legends Classic opponents to be added **
Albany America East Conference ... Duquesne leads the series 1-0 ... first game of a home-and-home series ... the 1998 meeting was Darelle Porter's first game as head coach of the Dukes (a 72-43 win on Nov. 14, 1998 at the Palumbo Center) ... returns nine lettermen - including three starters - from a 19-win CIT team ... head coach Will Brown, who is in his 12th season at UA, is the longest tenured coach in the America East ... Duquesne and Albany are both associate FCS football-only playing members of the Northeast Conference.
Appalachian State Southern Conference ... Appalachian State leads the series 1-0 ... first game of a home-and-home series ... won the only meeting between the schools, 71-68 over Danny Nee's Dukes in the consolation game of the Duquesne Holiday Tournament on Dec. 31, 2005 at the Palumbo Center ... returns its backcourt of senior Jamaal Trice (9.1 ppg., 43 3-pointers), sophomore Mike Neal (8.3 ppg., 92 assists, 38 steals) and sophomore Tab Hamilton (8.0 ppg., 37 3-pointers, 31 steals) ... was 9-5 at 8,325-seat Holmes Center last season ... has won nearly 70 percent of its home games at the elevation 3,333 feet facility ... welcomes 6-6 sophomore Xavier transfer Jay Canty who sat out last season ... Canty led XU's freshmen in minutes played in 2010-11 ... former North Carolina star Jason Capel is in his third season as head coach of the Boone, N.C. school.
Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt Conference (West) ... Duquesne leads the series 1-0 ... second game of a home-and-home series ... DU won the first meeting between the two schools 84-65 at the Palumbo Center last season ... this will be Duquesne's first trip to the state of Louisiana for a game ... finished 16-16 overall, including a 10-5 record at the Cajundome ... the 16 wins were the school's most since 2002-03 ... lost in the first round of the CIT ... ranked 31st nationally in field goal defense (.402) ... 21-11 conference record over the past two seasons is the second-best in the Sun Belt ... head coach Bob Marlin, who is entering his third season, was cited as one of nation's most underappreciated Division I basketball coaches by ESPN's Jay Bilas last summer.
Maine America East Conference ... first meeting between the Dukes and Black Bears ... returns three starters from a 12-17 team including America East Rookie of the Year Justin Edwards ... the Whitby, Ontario native led conference freshmen in scoring (13.9 ppg.), assists (3.3 apg.) and steals (1.4 spg.) and was second with a 5.6 rebounds per game average ... Maine is in its ninth season under head coach Ted Woodward ... Woodward has guided the Black Bears to road wins over Atlantic 10 schools in each of the past three seasons: 2009-10 at Fordham (76-73), 2010-11 at UMass (68-56) and 2011-12 at Rhode Island (76-74 in OT) ... Maine has also defeated Boston College and Penn State in the past four years.
New Orleans Independent ... first meeting between the Dukes and Privateers ... posted a 17-15 record in 2011-12 ... competing as an NCAA Division I Independent this season ... intends to begin playing in a conference in 2013-14 ... averaged 70.2 points and forced 18.0 turnovers per game last season ... in its second season under head coach Mark Slessinger.
Penn State Big Ten Conference ... PSU leads the series 24-19 ... first game of a new four-game home-and-home series ... Duquesne won 66-59 at CONSOL Energy Center last season ... it was the first meeting between the former Eastern 8 rivals in Pittsburgh since November of 1994 ... two years ago, the Nittany Lions defeated the Dukes 77-73 at Bryce Jordan Center in the first meeting since the `94 Pittsburgh clash ... first-team All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier (18.8 ppg.) is among four returnees who started at least 16 games last year ... adds Southern Mississippi transfer D.J. Newbill (9.2, 6.2 as a freshman) who sat out last season ... returns 70 percent of its scoring, 60 percent of its rebounding and 78 percent of its assists from a team that posted a 12-20 mark in head coach Pat Chambers' first season ... DU and PSU shared membership in the Eastern 8 for 12 seasons (1977-79 & 1983-91).
Pittsburgh Big East Conference ... Pitt leads the series 49-31 ... this will be the 81st meeting between the two schools ... the Panthers and Dukes, who played in the last college basketball game at Mellon Arena on Dec. 2, 2009 (a 67-58 2OT Pitt win), christened the CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 1, 2010 (an 80-66 Pitt win) ... the two will meet at CONSOL for the third time this season ... returns three starters from a 22-17 CBI championship team ... has won 11 in a row in the series including 80-69 last season ... was one of two Big East schools given an "A" grade for its recruiting class by ESPN.com.
Robert Morris Northeast Conference ... DU leads the series 15-7 ... RMU, under third-year head coach Andy Toole, is looking to win three in a row over DU for the first time in series history ... has won the past three meetings at Sewall Center ... finished 26-11 and advanced to its fourth-straight NEC Tournament title game before losing to No. 1 seed Long Island which was led by first-year DU coach Jim Ferry ... has made four post-season appearances in the past five years ... advanced to the CIT quarterfinal last season ... return four starters and nine lettermen led by first team All-NEC guard Velton Jones (16.0 ppg., team-best 167 assists and 68 steals) and All-Rookie team member Lucky Jones (8.5, 6.1) ... returns 92.2 percent of its scoring, 86.2 percent of its rebounding and 88.8 percent of its assists ... is 117-56 (.676) over the last five seasons ... the 117 wins rank tied for ninth (with Kent State) among mid-major programs.
West Virginia Big 12 Conference ... West Virginia leads the series 50-36 ... the Mountaineers, in their first Big 12 season, are Duquesne's all-time most frequent non-conference opponent ... this will be game No. 87 ... last year marked the first time since 1973-74 (38 consecutive seasons) that Duquesne did not face West Virginia ... this will be the second consecutive meeting at CONSOL Energy Center ... WVU has won eight in a row in the series including a 64-61 victory in the last meeting (Dec. 12, 2010 at CONSOL) ... add a pair of Atlantic 10 transfers in point guard Juwan Staten (190 assists as a freshman at Dayton) and 6-10 Aaric Murray (15.2, 7.7, 2.3b as a sophomore at La Salle) who sat out last season ... former DU head coach Ron Everhart is in his first year as an assistant under Bob Huggins ... WVU has made nine straight postseason appearances, including the NCAA Final Four in 2010 ... this will be DU's first game against a Big 12 school since a 59-49 loss to Baylor (then in the Southwest Conference) in the second round of the Golden Triangle Classic on Dec. 28, 1983.
Western Michigan Mid-American Conference (West) ... Western Michigan leads 1-0 ... second game of a home-and-home series ... defeated DU 85-71 at Kalamazoo last season ... lost 13 of 18 games decided by three or fewer points in finishing 14-20 in 2012 ... return one starter ... will get a jump on the 2012-13 season by making a 10-day European trip to Italy and France in August.