Nov. 6, 2012
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DUQUESNE (0-0) at ALBANY (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 6:30 ET Albany, N.Y. SEFCU Arena (4,538)
DUQUESNE at GEORGETOWN
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 6:30 ET Washington, D.C. Verizon Center (20,600)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
Streaming Audio: www.RedZoneMedia.com
Georgetown Television: ESPNU with Bob Picozzi (pxp) & Bill Raftery (analyst)
Streaming Video: www.UAlbanySports.com
Gametracker: www.UAlbanySports.com & www.GUHoyas.com
Duquesne is in its first season under head coach Jim Ferry who was hired on April 10. Ferry, who came to DU after leading LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, is the 16th coach in school history. This is the 97th season for Duquesne basketball.
The Dukes return two starters - guard Sean Johnson and forward Andre Marhold - from last year's 16-15 team.
DU opens on the road against Albany and Georgtown. The Great Danes (10-4) and Hoyas (15-1) were a combined 25-5 at home last season. Albany was picked to finish fourth in the America East. Georgetown, picked to finish fifth in the Big East, was one of "others receiving votes" in the AP preseason poll.
This is just the 12th time in school history that the Dukes will open on the road. The last time DU opened with back-to-back road games was 1990-91 (at Detroit and at Rice).
DU will play 17 teams (18 total g.) that made post-season appearances last year (7 NCAA, 4 NIT, 3 CBI & 3 CIT). Non-conference opponents by affiliation include: America East (2) Albany, Maine; Big East (2) Georgetown, Pitt; Big Ten (1) Penn State; Big 12 (1) West Virginia; Colonial (1) James Madison; Horizon (1) Youngstown State; Independent (1) New Orleans; Mid-American (1) Western Michigan; Northeast (1) Robert Morris; Southern (1) Appalachian State; Summit (1) North Dakota State; Sun Belt (1) Louisiana-Lafayette. The Dukes will face four first-time opponents in Maine, New Orleans, North Dakota State and first-year Atlantic 10 member VCU.
Duquesne will play four games at CONSOL Energy Center - located one block off campus. DU will face Pitt in the annual City Game (neutral) and will host West Virginia, VCU and Xavier. In four all-time home games at CONSOL (three in 2010-11 and one last year) DU has drawn an average of 8,604 fans per game. The two neutral CONSOL games vs. Pitt have been played before crowds of 12,860 in 2010-11 & 15,880 - largest in series history - last year.
Duquesne was picked to finish 16th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. Duquesne, George Washington and St. Bonaventure are the only teams who did not place a player on any of the Atlantic 10 preseason teams (First, Second, Third, Defensive or Rookie).
A NEW ERA
Jim Ferry took over as head coach of the Dukes on April 10. Ferry, who led LIU Brooklyn to its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance this March, hired a staff and assembled a five-man recruiting class in a little under six weeks (one of the five, 6-8 UAB transfer Ovie Soko, will not be eligible until 2013-14 per NCAA transfer guidelines). The 45-year-old Ferry, who is the 16th head coach in the history of Duquesne basketball, has won 254 games in 14 years as a head coach at the Division I, Division II and Division III levels. The Elmont, N.Y. native left LIU with a 27-game home win streak - second only to national champion Kentucky's 52 consecutive home victories. He also left behind four returning starters including 2011-12 NEC Player of the Year Julian Bond.
Ferry brought in five players during the spring signing period one of whom - senior UAB transfer Ovie Soko - won't be eligible until 2013-14. Leading the way is 6-5 freshman swingman Quevyn Winters. Winters averaged 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season for M.A.C.K. Prep in Charlotte, N.C. The Milwuakee native began his high school career at Milwaukee Washington High School where he was an honorable mention all-state pick as a junior. Freshman guard Derrick Colter averaged 22.5 ppg. in leading Largo (Md.) High School to the Class 2A state championship game. Colter, a freshman point guard, led the Prince George's 3A/2A/1A league in scoring. Sophomore Marvin Binney brings maturity to the backcourt. The 6-2 Toronto native was a standout defender at New Mexico Junior College. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 assists and led NMJC in assists (94) and steals (41). Binney was named NMJC's Best Defensive Player and Most Inspirational player last season. Six-three freshman shooting guard Jeremiah Jones rounds out the recruiting class. Jones, an honor student who bypassed first grade, competed as a 17-year-old senior at Merrillville (Ind.) High School before opting for a prep season at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. where he averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Duquesne returns two starters in seniors Sean Johnson (13.5, 3.2, 42 3-pointers) and Andre Marhold (5.1, 4.0, 40 blocks). Johnson, a guard, enters his final season with 900 career points. The Queens, N.Y. native led the team with 23 double-digit scoring games last season. He went 42-of-114 (.368) from the 3-point arc and shot .767 from the foul line (102-of-133) in making the move from sixth man to starter in 2012. Marhold, who came off the bench in 38 games as a freshman and sophomore, started 22 times in `12. The athletic 6-6 forward led the team in blocks (40) and dunks (22). He shot .492 from the field and .444 from the foul line. Six-four junior Jerry Jones (6.4, 3.2) finished on an up note with 16 points - including a career-best four 3-pointers - in DU's season-ending loss at UMass in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Jones, who played in 29 games with nine starts, saw his scoring average jump from 1.0 ppg. as a freshman to 6.4 ppg. last season. The Detroit native scored in double digits seven times with four coming in the last nine games of the season. DU's six other returnees are all second-year players. Six-seven Kadeem Pantophlet (3.5, 21-of-55 from 3-point) and six-nine Mamadou Datt (2.1, 2.2) played in 30 and 31 games respectively. Seven-one junior Radford transfer Martins Abele (0.3, 0.0) played in six games before becoming academically ineligible in mid-December, six-ten redshirt sophomore Derrick Martin (0.5, 1.1) averaged 3.9 minutes in 12 games and guard P.J. Torres (1.4, 0.3) averaged 4.0 minutes in nine games. Second-year walk on Sam Bott (1.0, 0.5) rounds out the list of returnees.
This is the 97th season of basketball for Duquesne University (1,309-996, .568). The Dukes started play in 1913-14 (DU did not field a team in 1944-45-46 due to World War II). Duquesne has compiled an impressive 80-16 record in season opening games, including a 75-4 record when opening the season at home. The four losses came in 1927-28 to Ohio Wesleyan (36-23); 1966-67 to St. Francis (81-63); 1989-90 to Detroit (108-97 in double overtime) and in 2005-06 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64-56). The Dukes are 88-8 all-time in the first home game of the season, including a 18-4 mark at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Dukes have opened the season at a neutral site just six times, with five coming outside of western Pennsylvania (NABC Classic in 2004-05, Hoop Fest in 1999-00, Top of the World Classic in 1997-98, Lobo Classic in 1991-92 and Great Alaska Shootout in 1987-88). This is just the 12th time in 97 seasons that the Dukes are opening with a true road game.
ANOTHER SETBACK FOR DATT
Sophomore forward Mamadou Datt, who will be sitting out the first semester to concentrate on academics, injured his left knee in practice on October 30. It is the same knee he had meniscus surgery on on April 5th. Datt, who wasn't cleared to begin workouts until August 27 following the first surgery, is expected to undergo additional surgery in early November. His timeframe for recovery is to be determined.
WAITING `TIL NEXT YEAR
UAB transfer Ovie Soko (8.3, 6.8 in 2012) will sit out the 2012-13 season. The six-eight, 220-pound London native, who was named to the Great Britain Futures team in May of 2012, played in 88 games with 59 starts in three seasons at UAB. He has scored in double digits 28 times, all of which came in his final 60 games with the Blazers.
Ovie Soko and Derrick Colter both were named to the 10-man All-Tournament Team at the 2012 Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League in July. The Pro-Am featured players from area schools including Pitt, West Virginia, Robert Morris and Youngstown State among others. Colter, whose team advanced to the playoff finals, and Quevyn Winters were named to the five-man All Newcomer team.
The addition of Butler and VCU will make the Atlantic 10 a 16-team conference in 2012-13. With the confernce additions, each team will play a home-and-home with one school and face every other team once in a 16-game schedule. Duquesne's partner for 2012-13 is St. Bonaventure.
LEGENDS CLASSIC HOST
Duquesne will participate in the Legends Classic in November. DU will face Georgetown on the road in an opening round game on Nov. 11 (ESPNU). The Dukes will then host a four-team subregional on Nov. 19-21 including James Madison, North Dakota State and Youngstown State.
Duquesne played exhibition games against both Division III Carnegie Mellon (74-48 on Nov. 1) and Division II Hawaii Hilo (92-46 on Nov. 4) ... eight players averaged between 6.5 and 13.0 points in the two games ... Sean Johnson led the way with a 13.0 ppg. average in 20.0 minutes per game ... Johnson shot .588 from the field ... P.J. Torres (7.0) and Andre Marhold (6.5) led the Dukes in rebounding ... Binney and Torres led the team with eight and six assists respectively ... Marhold did not miss a shot in the two exhibitions (7-of-7 with four dunks) ... Duquesne, which ranked 337 of 338 NCAA teams in rebound margin last season (-7.5 per game) outrebounded CMU and Hilo 55.0 to 34.0 (+21.0 per game) ... DU held its opponents to .257 shooting (.204 from 3-point) ... the Dukes assisted on 34 of 58 field goals.
Series Record: Duquesne leads 1-0
At Pittsburgh: Duquesne leads 1-0
At Albany, N.Y.: Never met
NOTES: 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 ... DU and UAlbany are both associate FCS football-only playing members of the Northeast Conference.
Series Record: Duquesne leads 10-3
At Pittsburgh: Duquesne leads 5-1
At Washington, D.C.: Duquesne leads 5-1
Neutral Site: Georgetown leads 1-0
NOTES: Big East Conference ... Legends Classic first round opponent ... Duquesne leads the series 10-3 ... first meeting since No. 6 (AP) Georgetown defeated DU 88-86 at Lakeland, Fla. on Dec. 28, 1995 ... Boubacar Aw's put back with 30 seconds left was the game winner ... DU's Mike James missed a potential game-tying 15-footer with :03 left ... Duquesne's Tom Pipkins scored a game-high 30 points ... Othella Harrington led Georgetown with 25 ... it will be DU's first appearance at Georgetown since a 68-56 win on Dec. 11, 1962 ... finished 24-9 in 2012 with a roster that featured 10 freshmen and sophomores ... led the nation in 3-point defense (.279) ... was 13th in field goal defense (.387) and 16th in scoring defense (59.4 ppg.) ... went 15-1 at home ... third-year Hoyas assistant Kenya Hunter starred at guard for the Dukes from 1993-96 ... he also assisted on Darelle Porter's Dukes staff in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
2 Number of NCAA tournament appearances by LIU Brooklyn in Jim Ferry's final two years at the school. Ferry was named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year twice (2005 & 2011) in 10 seasons at LIU.
3 The Dukes finished last season ranked third nationally in turnover margin (+5.1 per game). Only two schools, VCU (+6.5) and Syracuse (+5.5) finished with a larger margin.
4 of 5 Four of Duquesne's top five scorers from last season must be replaced: B.J. Monteiro (15.0 ppg.), T.J. McConnell (11.4 ppg.), Eric Evans (9.4 ppg.) and Mike Talley (7.5 ppg.). Monteiro and Evans graduated, while juniors-to-be McConnell (Arizona) and Talley (Eastern Michigan) transferred. The departed foursome combined for 373 games played with 242 starts.
8 Number of NEC All-Rookie Team selections coached by Jim Ferry in his 10 seasons at LIU Brooklyn - two of whom - James Williams (2004) and Julian Bond (2009) - were named NEC Rookie of the Year. Ferry coached eight players who earned All-NEC honors a total of 11 times.
21% Duquesne, which ranked 28th nationally with an average of 15. 3 assists per game last season, returns just 21 percent of its assists in 2012-13. Senior Sean Johnson (44) is the lone returnee with over 30 assists in 2012. None of the Dukes' returnees have ever led the team in assists in a game. The nine returnees have a negative combined assist-to-turnover ratio (101-to-159).
42% Duquesne returns just 42 percent of its scoring from last season.
45 Career double-digit scoring games for senior guard Sean Johnson. The rest of the Duquesne roster has scored 10 or more in a game a total of 14 times.
57 Number of career blocked shots for senior forward Andre Marhold. Marhold's total ranks eighth on DU's all-time list.
70 Number of combined career starts made by DU's nine returnees. Sean Johnson (30) and Andre Marhold (22) account for nearly 75 percent of them.
337th (of 338 schools) Duquesne's NCAA rank in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.). The Dukes return three of their top five rebounders.
900 Number of career points for senior guard Sean Johnson. Johnson has increased his scoring average in each of his first three seasons at DU (5.6 to 9.8 to 13.5 ppg.).