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Women's basketball » Disappointing Fordham Loss » Yesterday 7:29 pm

duq81
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Well, an at large bid is down the drain now. Looks like another WNIT bid for us.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 7:17 pm

phil95
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duq81 wrote:

phil95 wrote:

I don't really think the A-10 or other leagues give direction on how to call games for the conference's benefit. I do believe that low achieving programs like ours get less calls & higher achieving programs get more calls. I have absolutely no doubt that JRob & Chas haven't gotten a fair shake from an A-10 crew all year. Tonight's calls against those two were really bad & based on their history rather than their actions.

I was very happy to see the defense tonight & am proud that this team continues to battle despite a really rough stretch. Losing by 6, on the road at a place with a great home court advantage, to one of the hotter teams in the country, on a historic win streak with a top 5, senior laden backcourt that must win to gain an at-large bid is nothing to be embarrassed about.

KD/staff have managed this situation well over the last 2 games. They have their guys engaged & through sound game planning have put them in a position to win. This bodes well for the future. At the moment, there simply isn't enough talent  the in the paint on the offensive end.

Does anyone else recall seeing a talented Duke struggle as mightily as MLewis has over the last 3 weeks?

I grew up in Olean as a die hard, Brown Indian fan. I went to every SBU home game for years, attended & coached at basketball camps there for 2 decades, took some summer classes there, have known many players well, I still have friends/family that make their living in the SBU athletic department, & I have been friendly with every coaching staff until this one. I love to see the Bonnies succeed. However, even in a season when losing to our Dukes tonight would have been catastrophic for their NCAA chances, there is never even a second that I route for SBU to beat the Dukes. Being a sports fan is weird.

I really believe that aside from Bob Lanier, Mark Schmidt is the best thing that ever happened to that program. DU missed the boat on him. In today's sports climate, it is stunn

Basketball Recruiting » Donovan Johnson (2020) » Yesterday 6:39 pm

Donovan Johnson, a sophomore at OLSH, received word that he’d received his first D-1 scholarship offer and it came from Keith Dambrot and the Duquesne Dukes.
http://pittsburghsportsnow.com/2018/02/22/olsh-sophomore-donovan-johnson-gets-duquesne-offer/
 

Women's basketball » Disappointing Fordham Loss » Yesterday 3:12 pm

sperlman
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Agree with many of the previous comments about the Fordham loss.

Although I've been around WBB for 35 years, I have perhaps 10% of the knowledge on what's wrong and how to fix things than Dan and his coaching staff, but having said that, a few observations.

1) We lack the athleticism to pressure the perimeter, but I have seen non-athletic teams use various forms of zone pressure (two defenders on the player with the ball) while their other three defenders protect the rim- and it can be disruptive.

2) Since we cannot out-quick the Dayton's, the St. Joseph's, the Fordham's- suggest going with a large front line (Lass, Cannon, and Kuttor) and substitute with Helmi and Judy- and use a 2-3 zone, but with the zone pressure described above.  The key would be, at least one (and preferably) two of the posts would  always be defending the paint.  I'd rather take our chances allowing jump shots than allowing point blank lay-ups.

3) Our offensive strategy has been quite effective over the past 3-4 years; a credit to Matt.  If you've noticed, A10 teams have begun figuring out how to better defend it so I would suggest it could be tweaked with more screens and high-lows designed to give our posts more and better looks inside.

I think our players are doing the best they can.  Long term (and I think Dan may already have a couple of overseas players coming to Duquesne in 2 years), is we need exceptional length at the post.   

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 2:44 pm

president
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In my previous post I should have mentioned how bad I feel for Mike Lewis. This is not what he expected of himself at this point of the season. Hoping that he can finish strong!! We need this guy to play big for us the rest of the season and next year too.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 2:00 pm

townsonkid
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Duques102 wrote:

Towson I agree with you in some ways regarding this second half of the season being like groundhog day. Especially on the board, it seems like the same conversations every week since the slide. We have people jumping off the cliff, doubting Dambrot, and the. The other side of people being reassuring, bringing up expectations for this year prior to the season, etc.

I haven't been posting much because there hasn't been much new to say on a week to week basis. I won't stop watching the games but I am also not taking much new from them at this point. My overall thoughts on the season that will likely not change for better or worse (barring crazy A10 tourney run ending with a bid):

Dambrot has had a very good season taking a team that is equally or maybe less talented than last year's group and surpassing last year's results early in the season.

Barring a couple stinkers, this team has competed hard night in and night out and almost every game has been close, even against probably eventual tournament teams in URI and Bonnie's. We have shown the ability to compete hard and fight back in games, even working with inferior talent on the team.

This team is comprised of a bunch of freshman and guys who have never really had lead roles on the d1 level. This has been way better than expected in most people's eyes so far.

Ten new faces next year. Most of the reason I feel we can't weigh too heavily on one result or another this year. Get ready for more size, depth, and talent than we have ever seen. At least three new starters either sitting on the bench or coming in next year in my opinion. Should be enough to get us over the line in a lot of the 2 and 3 point contests we've lost this year.

We were picked DEAD LAST. Basically because our team on paper was worse than last year's crap team before the season started. Anyone who is not impressed with this year's results are not being realistic.

Williams and Lewis have fallen off in the second half in terms of

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 1:37 pm

president
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We got what we needed to see last night and that was a hard working team that played for 40 minutes. Again, if Lewis hits anything we could have won this one. Not putting blame on one guy though. Others missed shots that, if they fell, would have made the difference. KD has the team playing as well as it's going to and the coaching has done nothing, for the most part, but keep us in games that we should lose by a bigger margin than we are seeing. I feel really good about the future of this program and am not throwing in the towel on this season as far as possible wins in the closing week or so. Any of the three remaining games could go our way if we continue to play hard. Won't say wait till next year until the season for the Dukes is officially over.  GO DUKES!!
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 1:25 pm

mjp1542
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townsonkid wrote:

I need a break from all this.  These games are like groundhog day(the movie), its the same ol stuff.  Nothing changes.  Defense was good, but too many fouls, too many empty possessions, shitty FT shooting, sometimes they look like fools out there and sometimes they look decent.  I am tired, frustrated, need to not watch the next 3 losses(in the same fashion), but will tune into the action from DC, hopefully we can win 1-2 there.  Can 2018-19 season start today?

I understand the frustration, as we all have the right to be subjective about things. There were too many fouls, yes, although the officiating was ticky-tack, especially when the Bonnies were driving the basketball. There were too many empty possessions, but that's going to happen when you're playing 3 on 5 with no inside offensive presence. They do sometimes look like fools. They're 18-21 year old kids, none of which were considered high-level recruits, so that's expected.

But the free throw shooting? The Dukes shot 18-23 from the line last night. That's 78.3%, which would be good for fifth in the nation over the course of a season. We can't forget facts, too.

I was pleased with last night's effort. We could and probably should have won both games against a supposedly more talented team with NCAA aspirations. The team hasn't quit. The future is bright. I choose to focus on the positives after this one. The trajectory is upward. The pressure begins next year, when I think it will be expected to win games like this.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 1:19 pm

Duques102
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Towson I agree with you in some ways regarding this second half of the season being like groundhog day. Especially on the board, it seems like the same conversations every week since the slide. We have people jumping off the cliff, doubting Dambrot, and the. The other side of people being reassuring, bringing up expectations for this year prior to the season, etc.

I haven't been posting much because there hasn't been much new to say on a week to week basis. I won't stop watching the games but I am also not taking much new from them at this point. My overall thoughts on the season that will likely not change for better or worse (barring crazy A10 tourney run ending with a bid):

Dambrot has had a very good season taking a team that is equally or maybe less talented than last year's group and surpassing last year's results early in the season.

Barring a couple stinkers, this team has competed hard night in and night out and almost every game has been close, even against probably eventual tournament teams in URI and Bonnie's. We have shown the ability to compete hard and fight back in games, even working with inferior talent on the team.

This team is comprised of a bunch of freshman and guys who have never really had lead roles on the d1 level. This has been way better than expected in most people's eyes so far.

Ten new faces next year. Most of the reason I feel we can't weigh too heavily on one result or another this year. Get ready for more size, depth, and talent than we have ever seen. At least three new starters either sitting on the bench or coming in next year in my opinion. Should be enough to get us over the line in a lot of the 2 and 3 point contests we've lost this year.

We were picked DEAD LAST. Basically because our team on paper was worse than last year's crap team before the season started. Anyone who is not impressed with this year's results are not being realistic.

Williams and Lewis have fallen off in the second half in terms of point productio

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 1:08 pm

fjhryn
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The Dome wrote:

KenPom’s rating of officials may be looked at dubiously but it does show what games these guys are working and how many. It would be tough to argue the fact that on a continuous bases this year the Dukes have had some of the worst rated crews. I believe this absolutely stems from where they were slotted. I also believe the A-10 is getting the short end of the stick in their alliance with several other conferences in the sharing of officials.

Joff Pon who is rated 171 out of 200 officials had last nights game and it is the 5th time he has had the Dukes this year. I can tell you that this is going to be a subject at future league meetings.

​I hope you are right about the future league meetings addressing the officiating issues. It's too bad that Bernie left early in the second half of the Dukes game that she attended a few weeks ago because she would have seen first hand what some of us have been saying about the refs. Granted, the Dukes have some major issues on offense, and their recent losing streak can't be blamed solely on some questionable calls, or lack thereof, but it sure would be nice to have consistency in officiating at all A10 games.
 

Women's basketball » Disappointing Fordham Loss » Yesterday 12:55 pm

luke
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HookShot is absolutely right.I also wondered if the starter has not made a field goal in their first 30 minutes of  playing time maybe it could be time for something else. Yesterday they all were in the court in the last moments of the game despite being cold in offense.It could have not been much  more ineffective.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 12:55 pm

Phildog
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townsonkid wrote:

I need a break from all this.  These games are like groundhog day(the movie), its the same ol stuff.  Nothing changes.  Defense was good, but too many fouls, too many empty possessions, shitty FT shooting, sometimes they look like fools out there and sometimes they look decent.  I am tired, frustrated, need to not watch the next 3 losses(in the same fashion), but will tune into the action from DC, hopefully we can win 1-2 there.  Can 2018-19 season start today?

 
Duquesne ft % 78.3 (18-23)

If Duquesne had played this way since after the first Bonas win we would be in a much better position in the standings.

Women's basketball » Disappointing Fordham Loss » Yesterday 12:51 pm

fjhryn
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Unfortunately, ever since the St. Joe's debacle, and maybe a few games before that, the team just doesn't seem to have the "spark" they showed earlier in Conference play. Sloppy ball handling, poor shooting and over dribbling seem to have overtaken the game for the Dukes. I hate to point out individual performances, but if JV and PC play like they did last night, there's no way the Dukes will advance far in the Tournament. Hopefully, Dan is able to get the team's play back to where it was earlier.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 12:39 pm

The Dome
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KenPom’s rating of officials may be looked at dubiously but it does show what games these guys are working and how many.  It would be tough to argue the fact that on a continuous bases this year the Dukes have had some of the worst rated crews. I believe this absolutely stems from where they were slotted. I also believe the A-10 is getting the short end of the stick in their alliance with several other conferences in the sharing of officials.

Joff Pon who is rated 171 out of 200 officials had last nights game and it is the 5th time he has had the Dukes this year. I can tell you that this is going to be a subject at future league meetings.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 11:49 am

townsonkid
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Crosseye wrote:

Yes, towson, please take a break if you need to. I rather enjoyed last night's affair. The Dukes, picked last in the league, if anyone still needs reminded, put on quite a show at the reilly center, where you don't just waltz in and steal victories very often. That game was right there til the end. Once again, this coach was able to hold his players' attention in time to nearly steal a win against a superior opponent on the road. Are the former DU coach and AD listening? Thanks to the current regime (prez, AD, coach), we have a program in the making!

I wasnt looking for your permission, but thanks.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 11:14 am

Crosseye
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Yes, towson, please take a break if you need to. I rather enjoyed last night's affair. The Dukes, picked last in the league, if anyone still needs reminded, put on quite a show at the reilly center, where you don't just waltz in and steal victories very often. That game was right there til the end. Once again, this coach was able to hold his players' attention in time to nearly steal a win against a superior opponent on the road. Are the former DU coach and AD listening? Thanks to the current regime (prez, AD, coach), we have a program in the making!

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 10:30 am

townsonkid
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I need a break from all this.  These games are like groundhog day(the movie), its the same ol stuff.  Nothing changes.  Defense was good, but too many fouls, too many empty possessions, shitty FT shooting, sometimes they look like fools out there and sometimes they look decent.  I am tired, frustrated, need to not watch the next 3 losses(in the same fashion), but will tune into the action from DC, hopefully we can win 1-2 there.  Can 2018-19 season start today?

Women's basketball » Disappointing Fordham Loss » Yesterday 10:23 am

HookShot
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After watching Coach Burt’s postgame presser, I really admire his candor and knowledge of the game. He knew what went wrong. The Dukes were physically overpowered in all aspects of the game. The offense was absolutely stagnant. It was hard to watch a guard dribble or hold the ball for ten seconds every time on every possession. Why were the two posts constantly passing to each other outside the three point line instead of a high-low presence? The only three in the 4th quarter came when there was crisp ball movement. The Dukes cannot walk the ball up the court, especially against physical, aggressive teams. There was no offensive flow. On Defense, the Dukes were best when they packed a zone and tried to clog the middle. As Coach said in the presser, no ball pressure allowed Fordham to do what they wanted. Change has to happen.

In our NCAA year, the Dukes pressed more. That might help. Challenging the ball at all times has to be better. Perhaps, is time to play a bigger zone. Live with the freshman big’s mistakes rather than the two sophs’ mistakes. There is a bigger upside there. Having size never hurts! On offense against Fordham three starters were non-existent with 0, 1, and 5 points. Ball movement and valuing the ball are imperative. Work the ball inside. Work faster on offense.

I trust Coach Burt. He will adjust. The team must adjust to the fact that everyone in the league knows what they do. Make some tweaks and win the A10 tourney! Go Dukes!

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » Yesterday 7:52 am

FAM
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2 Thoughts on the Game
1.  I wanted competitive, let them know you are in a game.  We got that!!!
2.  Schmidt has turned out to be one of the better coaches in the league and folks might not recognize that.  I didn't know he was that good when he coached at Robert Morris.  To even be able to recruit up there is amazing to me but they have had a strong following over the years.

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