Duquesne Notes

Keith already mentioned some of the Pitt-oriented notes for tonight’s game against the Dukes, but I wanted to make sure that people realize this is not the Duquesne team that Pitt has won six straight against. For the first time since 1993, the Dukes come into the City Game with a winning record, having won their first six games before losing their last to Drake, 77-73. Duquesne has a roster with ten players averaging double-digit minutes, with coach Ron Everhart frequently substituting all five players on his bench to keep his team fresh. He loves to employ the full-court press, forcing over 24 turnovers per game, and relies on F/C Shawn James to defend the post- James is averaging a nation-best 9.5 blocks per game.

I think that Pitt should be able to beat the press- Levance and Brad’s ball handling and passing abilities will be able to get Pitt down the court, and we should be able to out-run Duquesne over the course of the game. Don’t be surprised if the Dukes are in this one for a long stretch of time, as this is a team capable of putting up big offensive numbers- four players are averaging double digits, and they put up a school-record 129 points in their season opener against Howard. Duquesne does have a tendancy to turn the ball over- their starting backcourt duo of Kojo Mensah and Aaron Jackson have combined for 55 turnovers in their last six games. For a Dukes team outrebounding it’s opponents by seven and creating turnovers, this should definitely be a step up from the last few games, and the sold-out Palumbo Center should make this game a fun one to watch. I expect a high scoring contest where Pitt’s chemistry and experience allows them to pull away in the second half.


2 Responses to “Duquesne Notes”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Duquesne fucking sucks.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    The shitty refs kept duquesne in that game.

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