Sept. 7, 2010
Complete 2010-11 Schedule - UPDATE
2010-11 Opponents at a Glance - UPDATE
A Closer Look at the 2010-11 Non-Conference Opponents - UPDATE
PITTSBURGH - Three home games at the newly-opened CONSOL Energy Center highlight the 2010-11 Duquesne men's basketball schedule released today.
The Dukes will host 2010 Final Four participant West Virginia (Dec. 12) and Atlantic 10 rivals Dayton (Jan. 30) and Xavier (Feb. 13) at the home of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins which opened its doors in mid-August.
The CONSOL Energy Center, which has a capacity of 19,100 for basketball, is located one block from the DU campus.
A total of six games have already been cleared for television including the WVU game (CBS College Sports national), the Dec. 4 game at Penn State (Big Ten Network) and Atlantic 10 games against Temple, Charlotte, at Dayton and at Richmond (CBS College Sports regional syndication).
Duquesne's opening game opponent and date is expected to be announced later this week. Other non-conference home games include UMBC (Nov. 27), West Virginia (Dec. 12), IUPUI (Dec. 18), George Mason (Dec. 22), Northwestern State (Dec. 31) and Norfolk State (Jan. 2). The Dukes will travel to Robert Morris (Nov. 19), Bowling Green (Nov. 22), Penn State (Dec. 4), Green Bay (Dec. 8) and Houston Baptist (Jan. 8). DU will face annual rival Pitt on Dec. 1. Five of DU's non-conference opponents won 20 or more games in 2009-10.
DU tips off the Atlantic 10 season at Saint Joseph's on Wed., Jan. 5. The conference home opener will be Jan. 12 against Saint Louis.
In addition to the two CONSOL Energy Center conference games, A-10 schools scheduled to visit the Palumbo Center include: Saint Louis (Jan. 12), Temple (Jan. 15), Charlotte (Jan. 22), George Washington (Feb. 2), Rhode Island (Feb. 23) and St. Bonaventure (Mar. 2). DU will face Saint Joseph's (Jan. 2), La Salle (Jan. 19), Fordham (Jan. 26), St. Bonaventure (Feb. 5), Massachusetts (Feb. 16), Dayton (Feb. 19), Saint Louis (Feb. 26) and Richmond (Mar. 5) on the road in Atlantic 10 play.
Overall, DU will play 13 teams (15 total games) that made post-season appearances last year (6 NCAA, 2 NIT, 4 CBI & 1 CIT).
Fifth-year head coach Ron Everhart returns four starters from last year's 16-16 CBI team. Everhart will take a lineup that includes two 1,000-point scorers (seniors Damain Saunders and Bill Clark), two returning junior starters (Eric Evans and B.J. Monteiro), three sophomores and five freshmen into the 2010-11 season.
"We're really looking forward to playing in both a renovated Palumbo Center as well as what is already one of the great arenas in the country in the CONSOL Energy Center," said Everhart who is beginning his fifth season at Duquesne and 17th season overall as a head coach. "I think our fans will not only be treated to some great new amenities, but they'll also have the opportunity to see some pretty good college basketball. It seems like I say this every year, but this may be our toughest non-conference schedule yet, and the Atlantic 10 - as it proved once again last year - is going to be one of the most competitive conferences in the nation."
Renovations to the Palumbo Center include the addition of chair back seats on both sides of the playing floor, four new lower level corner scoreboards and and custom-designed center-hung Daktronics video board.
Season Ticket plans - including the three home CONSOL Energy Center games - are on sale now. For more information call 412-232-DUKE (3853).
2010-11 SCHEDULE QUICK NOTES
The Dukes are scheduled to appear on TV a minimum of six times. Two of the games will emanate from the A.J. Palumbo Center (Jan. 15 vs. Temple and Jan. 22 vs. Charlotte). Additional TV clearances to be added.
This will be the first time since 2006-07 that the Dukes will open the A-10 season on the road. DU finished 7-9 (T8th) in conference play last season.
This will be the first meeting between former Eastern 8 rivals Duquesne and Penn State since a 70-69 Penn State win at the Palumbo Center on Nov. 30, 1994. This will be Duquesne's first appearance at the Bryce Jordan Center which opened in January of 1996. DU's last game at State College, Pa. was at Rec Hall on Dec. 4, 1993.
Duquesne will be facing four schools for the first time in Green Bay, Houston Baptist, Norfolk State and Northwestern State.