First-year head coach Keith Dambrot's Dukes open the 2017-18 season on Nov. 11 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
July 27, 2017
2018 Duquesne Men's Basketball Nonconference Schedule
PITTSBURGH – The annual City Game vs. Pitt, as well as an appearance in the Las Vegas Classic, highlight the 13-game Duquesne men’s basketball nonconference schedule released today.
The Dukes, who are in their first season under head coach Keith Dambrot, will play at the Palumbo Center 10 times prior to the start of conference play. DU will play nine additional Atlantic 10 home games, which will break the school record of 18 total home games set last year.
Duquesne will open the Dambrot Era at the Palumbo Center on Saturday, Nov. 11 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. The Dukes will host VMI (Nov. 14), Robert Morris (Nov. 19) and Cornell (Nov. 27) to close out the month of November, before facing Pitt in a neutral-site game at PPG Paints Arena on Dec. 1.
DU, which snapped a 15-game series losing streak to the Panthers with a 64-55 win last season, will be looking to post back-to-back wins over its cross-town rival for the first time since 1980.
The Dukes will then play three home games in six days vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 4), Stetson (Dec. 6) and Delaware State (Dec. 9) before hosting Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 13.
DU will play four games as part of the Las Vegas Classic beginning with home games against North Carolina A&T and Lamar on Dec. 17 & 19.
Duquesne will leave Pittsburgh’s city limits for the first time when it heads to Las Vegas for neutral-site games vs. San Francisco (Dec. 22) and Southern Illinois (Dec. 23) to conclude the Las Vegas Classic as well as the nonconference slate.
The complete 2017-18 Atlantic 10 schedule will be released at a later date.
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2017-18 SCHEDULE QUICK NOTES
• The Dukes will play a school-record 19 home games (10 nonconference and nine Atlantic 10). The previous record of 18 was set last year. DU’s other three nonconference games will be played at neutral sites (vs. Pitt at PPG Paints Arena and vs. San Francisco and Southern Illinois at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena).
• This will be Duquesne’s second-ever trip to Las Vegas. The last came on Dec. 19 & 20, 1987 in the UNLV Rebel Round-Up.
• Two of DU’s four Las Vegas Classic foes will be first-time opponents in Lamar & Southern Illinois. It will be Duquesne’s first game against San Francisco since 1980. Lamar (CIT) and San Francisco (CBI) are both coming off postseason appearances.
• This will be Duquesne’s first game vs. VMI since the two met in the 1977 NCAA East Regional in Raleigh, N.C.
2017-18 NONCONFERENCE OPPONENT CAPSULES
St. Francis Brooklyn (Nov. 11) • Northeast Conference ... located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. ... DU leads the series 5-1, including a 4-0 mark in games played in Pittsburgh ... will be the first meeting between the Dukes and Terriers since a 67-57 Duquesne win in the opening round of the FIU New Years Classic on Dec. 27, 2002 in Miami, Fla. ... the Terriers return NEC All-Rookie Team selection Rasheem Dunn ... Dunn, a 6-2 guard from Brooklyn, averaged 13.0 ppg. in earning Rookie of the Week honors three times as a freshman ... St. Francis is led by seventh-year coach Glenn Braica ... Braica led the Terriers to 23 wins and an NIT berth in 2015-16.
VMI (Nov. 14) • Southern Conference ... located in Lexington, Va. ... will be the second meeting between the Dukes and Keydets and first since VMI’s 73-66 win over Duquesne in the first round of the NCAA East Regional at Raleigh, N.C. on Mar. 12, 1977 ... return a pair of starters in 6-6 senior forward Armani Branch (7.8 ppg.) and 6-2 junior guard Adrian Rich (6.5 ppg., 34 steals) ... Dan Earl, a former player at Penn State, is in his third season as head coach of the Keydets ... Earl came to VMI after serving as an assistant at both PSU and Navy.
Robert Morris (Nov. 19) • Northeast Conference ... located in Moon Township, Pa. ... DU leads the series 16-11, including an 8-3 mark at Palumbo Center ... this is the 15th consecutive year the two have met ... RMU, under eighth-year head coach Andrew Toole, won five in a row over DU, before the Dukes ended the streak with a 72-65 win at Palumbo Center in 2016 ... Robert Morris defeated Duquesne, 64-60, at PPG Paints Arena last season ... RMU has made seven postseason appearances in the past 10 years ... finished 14-19 overall and 9-9 (T5th) in the NEC in 2017.
Cornell (Nov. 27) • Ivy League ... located in Ithaca, N.Y. ... third meeting in the series which Duquesne leads 2-0 ... DU took the first game, 77-59, on Dec. 29, 1952 in the first round of the Steel Bowl at Fitzgerald Field House ... the Dukes also won the most-recent meeting by a 70-69 count at Palumbo Center on Dec. 31, 2003 ... Duquesne is 10-7 all-time against the schools that comprise the Ivy League, including a 5-1 mark at home ... junior guard Matt Morgan (18.5 ppg.) has led the Ivy League in scoring in each of the past two seasons ... the 6-2 North Carolina native, who is the first Cornell player to top 1,000 career points as a sophomore, scored 20 or more 11 times last season ... in its second season under head coach Brian Earl ... Earl came to Cornell after nine seasons as an assistant/associate head coach at Princeton ... Earl’s brother, Dan, is head coach at VMI ... was one of 17 teams (and one of five with a losing record) with more Division I road wins (4) than home wins (3) last season.
vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 1) • Atlantic Coast Conference ... located two miles from the Duquesne campus ... this will be the 86th meeting in the series which Pitt leads 53-32 ... last year, Duquesne snapped a 15-game series losing streak with a 64-55 win at PPG Paints Arena ... DU will be looking to post back-to-back wins over the Panthers for the first time since Feb. 10 & Mar. 6, 1980 when both schools shared membership in the Eastern 8 (a total of six seasons from 1977 through 1982) ... this is Pitt’s fifth season in the ACC and second under head coach Kevin Stallings ... 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 then-CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 1, 2010 (an 80-66 Pitt win) ... the two will meet at PPG Paints Arena for the eighth time this season.
Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 4) • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference ... located in Princess Anne, Md. ... DU leads the series 2-1 ... finished the 2017 season with wins in 10 of their last 16 games ... finished 9-7 in the MEAC ... lost by four (75-71) in last year’s season opener at George Washington ... fell to Keith Dambrot’s Akron team by a 76-60 score in the championship game of the Sun Bowl Invitational at El Paso, Texas ... 6-2 senior guard Ryan Andino (13.0 ppg.) - the 2015 MEAC Rookie of the Year - ranked fourth nationally with 3.56 3-pointers per game (121-of-318) in 2017 ... the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native hit a career-high nine 3’s in a 31-point effort vs. North Carolina A&T ... he scored in double digits 20 times and scored 20 or more seven times ... UMES is in its fourth season under head coach Bobby Collins, the 2015 MEAC Coach of the Year.
Stetson (Dec. 6) • Atlantic Sun Conference ... located in Deland, Fla. ... DU leads the series 2-0 ... this is the first meeting since the Dukes swept a home-and-home series in 1979-80 and 1980-81 ... the Hatters had just one senior on their 2016-17 roster ... ranked among the top 40 nationally in fewest turnovers per game last season (11.3) ... senior guard Angel Rivera, who finished with 162 assists and 52 turnovers, ranked 11th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio in 2017 (3.12) ... 6-5 senior guard Luke Doyle, who played his freshman season at Nicholls State, broke his own school record with 76 3-pointers last season ... in its fifth season under head coach Corey Williams ... Williams led Stetson to the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament title in 2015-16 where the Hatters fell to FGCU 80-78 in overtime ... it was Stetson’s first title-game appearance since 1994.
Delaware State (Dec. 9) • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference ... located in Dover, Del. ... will be the second meeting between the Dukes and Lions and first since a 72-57 Duquesne win on Dec. 30, 1999 at Palumbo Center ... Delaware State won five of its final eight games to finish 10-21 ... was one of 17 teams (and one of five with a losing record) with more Division I road wins (6) than home wins (4) last season ... in its fourth full season under head coach Keith Walker ... Walker, who led the Hornets to the 2015 CBI, was part of the coaching staff at Indiana, Pa. from 1987-93 ... the Crimson Hawks reached the No. 1 spot in the NCAA Division II during parts of three seasons while Walker was on the staff ... Duquesne is 13-3 all-time (12-2 at home) against the schools that comprise the current MEAC.
Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 13) • Southwestern Athletic Conference ... located in Itta Bena, Miss. ... Duquesne won the only meeting between the two, 91-77 on Dec. 1, 2015 at Palumbo Center ... MVSU played 22 of its 32 games on the road last season ... finished the regular season with three consecutive wins ... ranked 80th nationally in turnovers forced (14.3/g.) and 91st in steals per game (6.8) last season ... in its fourth season under head coach Andre Payne.
North Carolina A&T (Dec. 17) • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference ... located in Greensboro, N.C. ... part of the Las Vegas Classic (at A.J. Palumbo Center) ... Duquesne leads the series 2-0 including an 82-56 home win on Nov. 19, 2000 and an 82-69 win in the first round of the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. on Nov. 13, 2004 ... will have three Division I transfers eligible this season: 5-10 junior guard Aaren Edmead (Wagner), 6-7 sophomore forward Japhet Kadji (Wagner) and 6-8, 233-pound sophomore forward Femi Olujobi (Oakland) ... played 18 road games last year including a 65-59 loss at UMass and 59-52 defeat at Georgia Tech ... in its second full season under head coach Jay Joiner ... Duquesne is 13-3 all-time (12-2 at home) against the schools that comprise the current MEAC.
Lamar (Dec. 19) • Southland Conference ... located in Beaumont, Texas ... part of the Las Vegas Classic (at A.J. Palumbo Center) ... this will be the first meeting between the Dukes and Cardinals ... coming off its first 19-win season and postseason appearance (CIT) since 2012 ... the 19 victories marked an eight-win improvement over 2015-16 (11-19) ... Lamar’s 16.03 turnovers forced per game ranked 18th nationally last season ... also ranked 20th in steals per game (8.0) and 34th in free throw attempts (814) ... led by 6-5 senior forward Colton Weisbrod who was named to the NABC all-district team last year ... Weisbrod finished tied for sixth in the Southland Conference in scoring (15.1 ppg.) and third in rebounding (8.1 rpg.) in his first season after transferring from Lamar State Port Arthur JC ... the former NJCAA First-Team All-American posted 10 double-doubles last season ... junior guard Nick Garth ranked 19th nationally in 3-point percentage (93-218, .427) ... lost just two seniors from last year’s team ... added 6-3 graduate transfer guard Da’Shawn Robinson from Louisiana Tech ... head coach Tic Price in his fourth season at Lamar and 13th season overall as a head coach .... Duquesne is 8-0 all-time - with all eight meetings coming since 2009-10 - against the teams that comprise the current Southland Conference.
vs. San Francisco (Dec. 22) • West Coast Conference ... located in San Francisco, Calif. ... part of the Las Vegas Classic (at Orleans Arena) ... this is the third meeting between the Dukes and Dons, and first at a neutral site ... No. 14 (AP) Duquesne won at USF, 90-77, on Feb. 3, 1971 ... San Francisco took a 91-83 decision in overtime in the title game of the Golden Gate Tournament on Dec. 20, 1980 ... the Dons return all five starters from last year’s 20-13 College Basketball Invitational team that set a school-record with 299 three-pointers ... 6-4 guard Charles Minlend (10.0 ppg.) and 6-5 guard Jordan Ratinho (8.2 ppg.), who combined for 41 starts, were both named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team ... in its second season under head coach Kyle Smith ... improved from 316th (78.7 ppg.) to 57th (67.3 ppg.) nationally in scoring defense from 2016 to 2017.
vs. Southern Illinois (Dec. 23) • Missouri Valley Conference ... located in Carbondale, Ill. ... part of the Las Vegas Classic (at Orleans Arena) ... this is the first meeting between the Dukes and Salukis ... returns eight lettermen and three starters - Armon Fletcher (11.1 ppg., 47 3-pointers), Thik Bol (9.1 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) and Sean Lloyd (7.6 ppg.) - from last year’s 17-16 team ... the 6-8 Bol, a native of Sudan, ranked 22nd nationally in total blocks with 76 ... SIU returns three seniors and seven juniors ... five of the 10 upperclassmen are transfers from either a junior college or four-year institution ... eligible this year is 6-4 junior guard Marcus Bartley, who began his career at Saint Louis ... the Decatur, Ill. native scored a season-high 16 points at Duquesne (4-of-7 3-point) as a freshman ... Bartley played in 64 of 64 games with 18 starts in his two seasons at SLU ... head coach Barry Hinson is in his sixth season at Southern Illinois ... Hinson, who is in his 17th season as a head coach, was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2016.