PREVIEW: St. Francis Brooklyn at @DuqMBB
Nov. 9, 2017

  DUQUESNE MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY
 Game 1 St. Francis Brooklyn (0-0) at Duquesne (0-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. ET
 Location A.J. Palumbo Center (4,390) | Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Duquesne opens its 102nd season - and first under head coach Keith Dambrot - vs. St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Network). Dambrot, who was introduced as the program's 17th head coach on March 30, spent the past 13 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).

NOTING THE DUKES
• This is the 102nd season of basketball for Duquesne University (1,370-1,094, .556). 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 84-17 record in season opening games, including a 79-4 record when opening the season at home. The Dukes are 93-8 all-time in the first home game of the season, including a 24-5 mark at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Head coach Keith Dambrot is 14-5 all time in season openers: 2-0 at Tiffin, Ashland and Central Michigan and 8-5 at Akron.

• Duquesne returns two starters - 6-1 So. G Mike Lewis II (14.1, 2.3, 63 3-pointers) and 6-2 Jr. G Tarin Smith (8.6, 3.5) from last year's 10-22 (3-15, 14th in Atlantic 10) team. Lewis II, a member of the 2016-17 A-10 All-Rookie Team, was named 2017-18 third team preseason All-A-10 by the league's coaches and media.

• DU's other returnees include: 6-2 Gr. G Rene Castro-Caneddy (7.1, 1.5 in 29 games), 6-6, Sr., F Eric James (2.3, 2.2 in 27 games) and 6-8 Gr. C Jordan Robinson (3.7, 2.9 in 18 games). Six-five So., F Kellon Taylor (1.2, 0.5 in 12), is currently doubling as a receiver for DU's FCS football team and will not join the basketball team unitl the football season is concluded. Caleb Davis and Zach Snyder are returning as well.

• Only five members of the opening-day roster have started a Division I game. Aside from returning starters Mike Lewis II (32/31 last year) and Tarin Smith (32/32 in `17) the starting experience has been scarce. Rene Castro -Caneddy has started once in 58 career games (last year at Kentucky), Jordan Robinson started the first three games of his DU career (last start Nov. 29, 2014 vs. NJIT) and Eric James has started 22 times, all during his sophomore year (last start Mar. 21, 2016 at Morehead State in the CBI). Injured F/C Chas Brown started all 18 games he played last year at Coppin State.

• The Dukes will look toward five newcomers to help replace 52.3 percent of the scoring, 53.6 percent of the minutes and 67.1 percent of the team's rebounds gone from last year's team.

• Dambrot added a four-man, April/May-assembled recruiting class consisting of 6-8 Fr. F Nicholas Kratholm (Louisville, Ky.), 6-9 Jr. F Marko Krivacevic (Szombathely, Hungary/Miami Dade College), 6-8 Fr. F Tydus Verhoeven (Manteca, Calif.) and 6-5 Fr. G Eric Williams Jr. (New Haven, Mich.). That class was supplemented by the addition of 6-8, 235-pound grad transfer Chas Brown. Brown averaged 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds last season in earning team MVP honors at Coppin State. Four of the newcomers are 6-8 or taller. Brown (foot) and Krivacevic (wrist) are currenlty sidelined with injuries.

• DU will have five incoming transfers sitting out in 2017-18. The list of transfers includes: 5-8 So. G Tavian Dunn-Martin (Akron), 6-4 So. G Frankie Hughes (Missouri), 6-8 So. C Michael Hughes (Akron), 6-4 Jr. G Craig Randall II (Memphis) and 6-5 So. F Marcus Weathers (Miami, Ohio).

THE SERIES VS. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN
Series Record: Duquesne leads 5-1
At Pittsburgh: Duquesne leads 4-0
At Brooklyn, N.Y.: Never met
Neutral: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Duquesne won 67-57 at the FIU New Year's Classic on Dec. 27, 2002 in Miami, Fla.

NOTING ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN
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 ... Dunn is joined in the backcourt by junior Glenn Sanabria, who came back to average 12.4 ppg. after missing nearly the entire 2015-16 season with an injury ... Sanabria, who finished the 2017 season with 74 assists and 43 turnovers (1.7-to-1 ratio), hit a team-high 68 3-pointers last year ... SFC senior forward D.J. Porter is the son of former Duquesne head coach Darelle Porter (1998-99 through 2000-01) ... St. Francis is led by seventh-year coach Glenn Braica ... Braica led the Terriers to 23 wins and an NIT berth in 2015-16.


 

 

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