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Men's Basketball » New name on roster » 10/13/2017 12:45 pm

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townsonkid wrote:

I dont know, or really dont care who the 2 are that arent bball scholarships, just figured that was going to need to happen in order to keep them all on the Bluff.
Happy to hear everything is under control.  
DU needs to put a little $ into advertising now, get info out there about KD, team and season tickets.
Also, we as fans and alumni need to spread the word as well. 
Print out the schedule and post it in your office cafeteria.  :-)
 

​I understand that there will be an article written by Joe Bendel on KD in November's issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. Check it out.

Men's Basketball » Season Ticket delivery? » 10/12/2017 3:58 pm

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Order them & they will come! My football season tix didn't come until after the first two away games were played. Conor, the go to guy in the ticket office,  is doing a great job after Adam left. I suspect VBC's comments about game times influencing when tickets will be available is correct. But great to have you on board as a Season Ticket holder. 

Men's Basketball » I have personally experienced a new attitude with Duquesne » 10/10/2017 7:47 pm

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Judge Jack McVay Jr wrote:

Hey Fjhryn. Got a chance to meet Zach and some other posters at HOMECOMING and sorry if i missed you but I agree about buzz on campus. Coach Dambrot was there as was Ryan Shazier and Cutch himself! Maybe I will meet you Friday

Would love to be there, but this is Anniversary week & will be out of town missing both KD events. Have a great time on Friday, and Thursday if you make the Cranberry event.

Men's Basketball » I have personally experienced a new attitude with Duquesne » 10/09/2017 5:22 pm

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Stew - I agree with you wholeheartedly about the new attitude surrounding the Dukes & the University in general. Greg Kirstein, Sr. VP & General Counsel of the Bluejackets, is a member of the DU Alumni Board of Governors serving as the Athletic Department liaison to the Board, and his enthusiasm for the Dukes is contagious. I would not be surprised if he had a hand in setting up the event in Columbus with Dr. Gormley and will be there at Nationwide Arena to meet you & other Alumni from the Columbus region.. Hopefully Coach Dambrot & Dave Harper will be there too. I'm glad you're back on board & hope you make it to some of the games at Palumbo this year.

Basketball Recruiting » 2018 PG Brandon Wade is visiting DU today » 10/02/2017 3:36 pm

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Just love the enthusiasm KD & his staff have generated. It's been a long time coming! And just think, they haven't played a minute of BB at DU yet. Hope it continues & grows with these great kids that have been giving verbals for 2018.

Men's Basketball » Is Kevin Stallings moonlighting on "This is Us"? » 9/29/2017 6:01 pm

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Don't care to even watch this show, but I wouldn't be surprised to eventually see Suzie on the show. After all, didn't certain perks come with the contract? Money talks!

 

Men's Basketball » Expectations this season » 9/29/2017 5:25 pm

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ElDuque wrote:

I think three questions have to be answered:

1. Will Mike Lewis be the best player on the court most nights, or does he struggle either with a sophomore slump or in adjusting to Dambrot's system? If it's the former, put us down for 10 wins. If it's the later, put us down for 7 wins.

Start with 7-10 wins.

2. Will we really see a strong defensive effort from the Dukes, as well as improved fundamentals (passing, shot selection, rebounding, FT shooting)? If the answer is yes, add 3 wins to the total. If the answer is no, subtract 1 win from the total.

Now we're at 8-13 wins.

3. Will we see good game coaching from Dambrot: creating desired matchups, adjusting defenses, enforcing discipline and teamwork, learning from losses, etc., or will we see a stubborn man insist on a philosophy that obviously isn't working. If he's coaching well, add 4 wins; if we see the same stuff we've seen the past five years, subtract 4 wins.

Leaves me with a range of 4-17 wins. Four if everything seems to go south, 17 if we get the best outcome we can truly expect.

Robinson has never proven to be a sustainable solution in the post. The other big men are more raw than a plate of gehactes. So my expectations for the frontcourt are minute at best. But if the guys who get PT box out and rebound and fill in with some scoring, then they won't be a noticeable deficiency. Guys like Smith, Castro and James have to fill in with defense, scoring, competent ballhandling, and leadership. But Mike Lewis is the key.

As is Dambrot.

 After last year's less than spectacular results from all of us prognosticators on this board (although being in the minority, I predicted just 15 wins last year, which sadly turned out to be "wishful thinking"), I hesitate to even project what a "successful" win/loss record might be for this 1st year under KD. But listening to Mike's & Renee's interview on another thread, my early opinion is that we are finally heading in the right direction for t

Men's Basketball » Breakfast Event with Keith Dambrot and Dave Harper » 9/28/2017 3:10 pm

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Just logged onto ACBA.org. Registration is open until 10/13. Cost is $25 for ACBA member, $20 for law students and $40 for non-member. Event is 7:30 - 9:00. KD is really creating a "buzz" in the Burgh. What a change from the last few decades of Dukes BB.

Men's Basketball » Here is my surprised face: :o| » 9/26/2017 9:35 pm

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I love to see that Miller's assistant at Arizona is one of those accused in this scandal. I will never get over the McConnells (all of them) abandoning the Dukes for more lucrative options. Now if it can be proven that money exchanged hands with certain recruits, my suspicions will be satisfied.

Men's Basketball » KD lands another big fella from Ohio... » 9/23/2017 11:35 pm

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Will the ghost of "Ron" ever go away?

Men's Basketball » KD lands another big fella from Ohio... » 9/20/2017 5:27 pm

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What's interesting about all of this, regardless of how many scholarships are available or not, is that the Post Gazette actually reported the commitment in this morning's paper. Maybe, KD & the potential about what's happening with his program are getting some notice within the Pitt biased media. Hopefully, the Dukes deliver & become relevant in the city again. I can't wait to see how this all turns out.

Men's Basketball » 'This isn't Easy' - DK on Dambrot » 9/14/2017 4:13 pm

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ElDuque wrote:

And not because he says he can, but because he's taken so many steps on and off the court to make it happen.

Man's a leader. Mr. Harper is also a leader, and.  so is Dr. Gormley

​Couldn't agree with you more about the triumvirate of leaders now steering the ship.
 

Men's Basketball » Dribble aimlessly until the clock's ready to run out and fire away ... » 9/13/2017 5:45 pm

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OK, Agree, I sat in Section  A2 Row K cringing every time our guards did the weave as time wound down only to throw up a prayer that rarely went down. But, I wish JF well at PSU, especially when they play that state school down the street. Let's not dwell on the past. KD is here & we are anxious to see how HIS team does in the coming years. Hope you all are in the stands to support the Dukes as we move forward. 

Duquesne Football » Next up: Valpo » 9/09/2017 6:13 pm

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4TH Down, 3, on Valpo 17, less than 2 mins to go after Valpo scored on 80 Yrds pass to make score within 5, why go for potential tie field goal which was wide Love the win, but question some coaching decisions. 

Men's Basketball » TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK AT DUQUESNE ATHLETIC DEPT » 7/31/2017 7:29 pm

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duq81 wrote:

townsonkid wrote:

They invested in a coach, now invest in a PR campaign.  Billboards, radio commercials on something other than 970AM, and maybe a tv ad or two mixed in.  Someone at DU needs to get "in" with a local new/sports director, get some interviews on kdka or wtae sports in the evening, have them show more highlights, and run a story on Mike Lewis, let the people know we have he best college player in the city on OUR roster.  A better web page for athletics.  DU has plenty of students who could work that page for all the teams and do a better job.  And promote clothing sales with the new Nike stuff.   Have a contest to give away a pair of LeBron shoes, or something LeBron, to the student section each home game....watch them show up.

Most of these are good ideas, but you're not going to make the tv stations do anything. They'll show more highlights when they think there is a demand for it. Winning will create the demand.
​Agree wholeheartedly that a PR campaign has to be launched to promote DU Teams. If you're local, you know the job RMU does in promoting their teams via billboards on the highways. One would think that the new Steeler & Pitt footballer, Connor Dixon, was a unique miracle story defeating cancer with the coverage he's gotten locally & nationally. You would never know from the news coverage that another local college athlete, Eric Coulter, a DU Bballer, also miraculously defeated cancer while playing for the Dukes. Sure there were a few stories concerning Eric a few years ago, but none elevated him to the level that Connor is receiving. My belief is that an effective PR Department is essential to getting the Dukes story out there in the public. Of course, winning will bring more of the general public to the games. But it won't happen if we only rely on the local news media which currently couldn't care less about anything Duquesne. I guess that's what happens when you're a relatively small private schoo

Men's Basketball » What to Expect/What you want to see in 2017-18 » 7/29/2017 8:48 pm

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duqkurt wrote:

duq81 wrote:

duqkurt wrote:

Simple. Improved attendance and pride in the program. Moving forward without excuses. Record doesn't matter to me next year.

I think we'll see more alums at the games, but non alums won't come until the team starts to win at a high level.
 

Yes. I should have made that clearer. Having the core fans return. Alumni and some students.

You may not believe it, but we sit behind three non-alum season ticket holders who have had Dukes tickets for many years, come to all of the games, and attended every A-10 Tournament game last year. Those guys are true Dukes fans, win or lose. It's a shame that more alums don't support the Dukes the way these guys (and, I'm sure, a few others) do. It's shameful that more alums don't support the team. But this is Pittsburgh, and "only winners need apply". Note the attendance drop at Pirates games this year as reported in the Post Gazette. But the students & DU faculty are another story. Back when the Dukes were the team in town, the seats around us were filled with faculty and the student section was full. That's not the case today. Hopefully, the support the Athletics Programs are getting from Ken Gormley brings back those times. We shall see with the advent of the Dambrot era.

Men's Basketball » Schedule » 7/26/2017 6:24 pm

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I didn't read the Twitter posts sited here & I certainly wasn't present at some of the JF encounters that others reportedly had with him, but I must say that the characterization of this man on these posts is not what I experienced during the years that he coached the Dukes. I admit that over the last few years of his coaching the Dukes, I had questioned many of the moves he made on the court during games and his use, or lack of use, of  some players on the team. But, whom of us knows what went on behind the scenes in practices & otherwise with the team in the making of those decisions? So many hard feelings still exist with the RE situation, visa vie one comment on this link. It would have been great if JF was able to overcome that albatross with an LIU outcome. But, since that didn't happen, I welcome with open arms the enthusiasm & expectations of the era of Coach Dambrot. Let's move on  & support the Dukes & leave the past behind. Go Dukes!

Men's Basketball » Schedule » 7/20/2017 4:18 pm

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It would be nice since those of us who might want to travel to away games are already making plans for trips during BB season. We were really excited to see that the Dukes might be playing in Las Vegas this season, a place we frequent & already have plans paid for to visit in October, but were turned off by the Christmas weekend dates for the Tournament, if those dates are correct. Bottom line, knowing when games are scheduled would really help fans to plan to see the Dukes when they are not at Palumbo. Season tix subscriptions have already been submitted, so why hasn't the schedule been published?

Men's Basketball » Who starts? » 7/17/2017 6:18 pm

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It seems that the consensus on this Board is that Robinson was terribly underutilized by the prior coaching staff & that James has very high potential, although he certainly seemed to be playing under some duress last year. I, personally, still have concerns for Smith's playing like a "playground all-star" last year. I thank the heavens every day that Lewis was willing to join the Dambrot team, at least for this coming season. The 5th starter will certainly be dependent on the evaluation of the Dambrot staff of each guy's potential & performance during practices. Bottom line, I guess what I am saying is that the stars really have to align for the Dukes in the coming season, regardless of who hits the floor starting during the OOC schedules.  Who knows, maybe there's a "diamond in the rough" that will rise up & replace one of these question marks in the starting rotation. I trust in the Dambrot Team at this point. Only time will tell.

Men's Basketball » Season Tix » 7/15/2017 5:03 pm

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Just sent in my subscription for our 51st Season Tix order today. You guys on this site have really got us "pumped" for the coming KD era. More so than we have been in years. Hope all of you locals come out and support the Dukes. Don't forget Dan Burt and his outstanding Dukes Women's Team. I can't believe a Season Ticket to their games cost less than what most hipsters spend at a visit to Starbuck's today. Go Dukes!

Men's Basketball » New roster is up » 7/13/2017 5:14 pm

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I have faith in KD & Dave Harper & I'm sure there's a logical explanation about the roster #s. We need to wait & see what's what. I'm just anxious to see the season start & see how well KD's kids adopt & adept to his style of play.

Basketball Recruiting » Duquesne Offers 2018 4 Star Guard Tyronn Mosley » 7/13/2017 5:07 pm

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Eventually, we'll land one of these young, talented studs. Hope his academic credentials fit DU's requirements. 

Men's Basketball » New roster is up » 7/10/2017 6:03 pm

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Phildog wrote:

ElDuque wrote:

Phildog wrote:

NYU was pissed and voweled to never schedule Duquesne again........

Apparently, we never recovered from that.

 
At that time NYC was a big recruiting area for Duquesne with a game in Madison Square Gardens once a year. We then started to schedule Army or St. Peter's to keep our presence in NYC . Remember several years later All America Mention Lionel Billingy came from the city, along with Ed Searcy who left school and later starred at St. John's University.

Until Efrem Whitehead was picked up by John Carroll the NYC pipeline stopped.

The NYU reference less important when they down graded their program and NYC kids stared to go out to the south, mid west and far west to play, this of course was before Big East Days and the hey day of Eastern Basketball of the 1980-1990 era's.

I remember sitting in the old Madison Square Gardens on the floor behind the basket when the Dukes played against Army. I can't recall for sure what year that was, but I do remember that we weren't too happy on the bus back to the Burgh after the game later that evening, which actually carried the cheerleaders home. But the trip to NYC was a blast & I hope that the Dambrot era brings more of those things back to Dukes BB. Not the loss, but the road trip with Dukes fans in attendance.

Men's Basketball » Nice Interview with Dambrot » 7/03/2017 6:01 pm

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WOW. It's so fulfilling to read all of the truly POSITIVE comments posted on this board from true Dukes fans about the pending Dambrot era. Only time will tell if all of our hopes and expectations turn into reality. Coach Dambrot, certainly has resurrected a positive attitude on the part of the dwindling Dukes fan base. But I would like to recognize the Murphys, the Bartolomuccis, the Unicos, and many other families that have supported the Dukes over the years, win or mostly lose. Hopefully, KD can bring many back to the Program who left for whatever reason over the years.  

Men's Basketball » PG Coverage of Dukes » 6/28/2017 8:20 pm

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Since the Trib quit publishing hard copy a while ago, I have read the PG daily. What surprise & joy I finally saw an article, longer than a few words in the "not prime news sports section",  about KD & the Dukes in yesterday's edition. Today, that article was dwarfed by an article (with a  large front page Sports Page picture) highlighting two RMU kids from Akron that have joined the RMU program. That,  after an article about  the RMU coach the day before the Dambrot article. Much mention was made in the second RMU article about KD recruiting these kids & Dambrot wishing them well at RMU. In that edition of the PG was more than a page of several articles on Pitt athletic programs after an interview with their new AD, including an extensive article on their BB program & coach. Reading the Dukes blogs daily, I see all of the recruit signings and great recruit offers occurring in the Dukes Program. But none, if any, make it into the PG, Why? IF the Dukes expect to gain any area fan recognition, we must promote the things happening in the Program. RMU is "eating our lunch" in that respect. I understand that there's no way we will get the coverage that Pitt gets. After all, it is a large, state supported institution. But I don't understand why RMU is getting much more publicity than the DU sports. Again, why? Where is our PR staff in getting the word out about Duquesne sports? Is it all about the PG sports reporter not doing her job? 

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