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Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » 2/21/2018 11:16 pm

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ghost wrote:

The team is in a real tough spot tonight.

In the event they are hanging with the Bonnies ( especially late )  look for a series of close / questionable calls to go against DU.

That is just the way the referees are programmed - bail out the better team , especially at home.

I'll leave it to the conspiracy theorists to make a call whether they gets this sort of "directive " ( subtle or otherwise ) from the league offices.

You called this one.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - St. Bonaventure Bonnies (away) » 2/21/2018 11:45 am

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Phildog wrote:

PistolPete wrote:

Is this game televised on A-10 network or on cable (AT&T)?

 
It is on Facebook

Pete just click on the link for Facebook Live in this link...   

http://www.goduquesne.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/021918aab.html

All of the pressure is on SB.  They absolutely can not afford to lose to DU as their chances for at large bid would be gone.  The Dukes have a real chance for a major upset tonight.  Go Dukes!

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Saint Joseph's Hawks » 2/19/2018 11:01 pm

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steve19981 wrote:

duq81 wrote:

Crosseye wrote:

The team was picked in preseason to finish last among 14 teams in the conference. What exactly does anyone expect at this point? I don't get moaning about losing a road game by single digits. Nobody likes to lose. Obviously. Yet this team continues to show up (with exception of the Fordham game lately). Last-place projections usually play out that way. A 7-point loss on the road in this league by the last-place projected team isn't a terrible commentary. And as for the current coach, anyone who blasts this guy beyond perhaps mentioning that he may or may not be hurting his team with technicals and he probably should go easy on older announcers is way out of line in my book. And as mentioned, all that's got to be a product of hating to lose. Let's all go back and rehire Jim Ferry, who thought he was still coaching in the NEC when he got to the A10. Duquesne is going to be a force under this guy. Give it some time, will ya? Sheesh.

The ones moaning and groaning are folks who somehow convinced themselves that we had become some sort of powerhouse overnight. There was crazy talk of at large bids and such. Now that the obvious warts and shortcomings of this roster have become apparent to even them, these folks are disappointed. I am very satisfied with our record. Yeah, we've lost a few tough ones, but Lamar, SF, LaSalle, GMU, and @GW all could very easily have been losses, so we've had our share of good luck. In November, everyone on this board would have taken 15-12 at this point of the season. We're playing with a D2 frontcourt. We've done just about the best we can playing 3 on 5.

Duq81,


I do agree with most of your post expect your final point. In defense of Tydus, he's not polished offensively but he's got all conference defensive team upside and in my eyes, he'd merit consideration this year if not for the fact that he's is a freshman. I've watch a fair amount of A-10 games during the conference seas

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Saint Joseph's Hawks » 2/18/2018 4:54 pm

CLK
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FAM wrote:

fjhryn,
I agree with you.  It was also selfish.  He will be a good coach here and his record proves it, but He has to get more self-control.  I like it that he hates to lose,  But the evidence of him going off on Ray Goss and then the technical yesterday shows he is NOT used to losing...which we like.  But he has to handle this.  Just my 2 cents...

Oh brother!  To my recollection that was his 1st, maybe 2nd technical of the year. Not like he going off on the refs like the URI coach.  Also, really tired of hearing about the Ray Goss nothing burger.  I think I need a vacation from this Board.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Saint Joseph's Hawks » 2/18/2018 12:28 am

CLK
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Godukes2017 wrote:

You guys wanna talk bad on Lewis and Williams when they do bad even if they can’t see this forum. You guys kill me

I thought the effort was there and the Dukes never quit.  I have to agree that a few posts here were overly harsh.  Lewis had a bad game and he will be the first to admit he is in a slump.  I think he is putting too much pressure on himself.  As for Williams is is probably the best freshman we have seen on the Bluff in many years.  As a freshman he has his ups and downs,  But there have been many more ups.  These guys have not quit. don't quit on them.  
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Saint Joseph's Hawks » 2/17/2018 10:44 pm

CLK
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Another horrible game for Mike Lewis.  He needs to put it in gear and finish strong or he may be the third option at SG next year behind Frankie Hughes and Craig Randall.  Don't really want to think beyond finishing strong this year, but the way I see it now Williams may be only returning player to start next year.  I really like Mike Lewis, and hope he will relax trust in himself and God and play like the all league player we all know he is capable of doing.    

Basketball Recruiting » Dylan Swingle (2018) » 2/17/2018 11:28 am

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Dylan Swingle with 31 points last night became the leading all time scorer in his conference history

https://twitter.com/dw1509/status/964711924641484800

Men's Basketball » 5 GAMES LEFT!!!! » 2/17/2018 11:20 am

CLK
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PhoenixRising2 wrote:

CLK wrote:

president wrote:

We do have 2 Freshmen  starting for the Dukes. It is more of a grind for those kids than for  seniors in general I would  believe. Even our upper classmen have not played a full season like this one before for the most part. Who, outside of Mike Lewis, has really played this many minutes before? Anyone? Maybe there is something to the running out of gas theory. Anyway...Go Dukes!

It is a grind for every team, not just the Dukes.  Every team has freshman and other players with limited experience this year.  According to KenPom DU is better off than most A10 team.

https://twitter.com/Steven_Wright_/status/964231109126053894
 

CLK, there is no such stat in KenPom for conference play. I don’t trust this tweet.
From KenPom for the entire season:
Experience: Dukes #226 - 1.57 years
(A10 teams with less experience - Saint Louis, UMass, Dayton, George Mason and Richmond)

To me, the experience stat leaves room for interpretation. For example, according to this stat, our center position is loaded with experience, with JRob and Chas being seniors. We know that is not the case. And certainly doesn’t translate into a strength due to experience at that position.

Don't know, but it appears that Dambrot and the team are not buying fatigue as an excuse and going back to basics.  Hopefully the Dukes will get back on track today.  Go Dukes!

http://triblive.com/sports/-topstories/13313295-85/duquesnes-mike-lewis-on-slump-we-got-a-little-hollywood
 

Men's Basketball » 5 GAMES LEFT!!!! » 2/16/2018 2:44 pm

CLK
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president wrote:

CLK wrote:

president wrote:

We do have 2 Freshmen  starting for the Dukes. It is more of a grind for those kids than for  seniors in general I would  believe. Even our upper classmen have not played a full season like this one before for the most part. Who, outside of Mike Lewis, has really played this many minutes before? Anyone? Maybe there is something to the running out of gas theory. Anyway...Go Dukes!

It is a grind for every team, not just the Dukes.  Every team has freshman and other players with limited experience this year.  According to KenPom DU is better off than most A10 team.

https://twitter.com/Steven_Wright_/status/964231109126053894

The only other explanation that I can offer is that we simply played a terrible game not really showing up for whatever reason. KD really called himself out on this one so possibly just an all around bad effort on everyone's part. If that's the case, no reason the team won't bounce back in the remaining 5 games!
 

 

Pres that appears to be what Coach Dambrot feels.  He has gone back to basics.

https://twitter.com/sarah_k_spence/status/964550586849988610
 

Basketball Recruiting » Brandon Wade » 2/16/2018 11:30 am

CLK
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Brandon Wade led his team last night with 30 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds & 3 steals.

Men's Basketball » 5 GAMES LEFT!!!! » 2/15/2018 9:20 pm

CLK
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president wrote:

We do have 2 Freshmen  starting for the Dukes. It is more of a grind for those kids than for  seniors in general I would  believe. Even our upper classmen have not played a full season like this one before for the most part. Who, outside of Mike Lewis, has really played this many minutes before? Anyone? Maybe there is something to the running out of gas theory. Anyway...Go Dukes!

It is a grind for every team, not just the Dukes.  Every team has freshman and other players with limited experience this year.  According to KenPom DU is better off than most A10 team.

https://twitter.com/Steven_Wright_/status/964231109126053894
 

Men's Basketball » 5 GAMES LEFT!!!! » 2/15/2018 11:47 am

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Dsnyder15 wrote:

I read some who think KD should back off a bit because the players are tired....hence the drop off in effort and results.  Shooters need their legs for sure and it probably is a valid complaint when you see shooters struggle.  I just don't agree.  I suggest that they push harder...pedal to the metal. The reason is this...  you want the players to know what is expected and how they will play.  If they pull back now the players will not realize that they need to get in far better shape in the off season.  They may struggle now but it will benefit them in the long run. A good off season for most of these kids will push DU and themselves to new levels.  My expectation, and hope, is that they play hard and compete the last 5 games.  Play hard with passion.  Winning 2-3 more games would be awesome but forgotten 5 years from now.  If Lewis or others quit it is better to find out now so you can help them find a good fit when they transfer. Often kids transfer after the first year of a new demanding coach.  No shame in that...wish them well and move on.  If we are discussing this the same time next year...then there is a problem and the rebuild is off schedule.

Go Dukes!!!  (ps....I will still follow DU if and when KD leaves.  I have grown fond of the school and fans)

Great post.  I agree 100%.  It really bugs me when I hear excuses or explanations that our guys are tired from a long season.  The last I checked the other teams play the same number of League.  When we get out hustled by teams without their best player and shorter bench it is time for a reality gut check.  Time for our guys to suck it up and finish strong if they want to secure their minutes for next year.  
 

Basketball Recruiting » Brandon Stone 2018 » 2/15/2018 10:38 am

CLK
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According to Coach Dambrot Bizeau projects to be a small forward.

https://twitter.com/DuqMBB/status/930122667205840897

Can you project a front court of Bizeau 6"11, Verhoeven 6'9" and Stone 6'11"?  Would  love to see us somehow land Stone.

Men's Basketball » 5 GAMES LEFT!!!! » 2/12/2018 10:12 pm

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Good post Phoenix.  It is amazing how the mood and thinking changes on this Board.  Two weeks ago when we took URI and then the Bonnies to the wire the consensus was this team is capable of beating any team in this League.  Now I sense the old DU doom setting in.  It pisses me off when I see little twerps from teams like George Mason calling this team garbage on twitter.  That alone should motivate guys like Lewis, Williams and Smith to get back on track.   If KD can get this team back to the way they played for most of the season I believe we can will all 5.  But let's take it one game at a time.  I also believe we will win at St. Joe.  

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/11/2018 11:51 pm

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Dsnyder15 wrote:

Here is a clue.  "Live and die by 3" yet the leading scorer was the center who did not shoot the 3.  If you are a hammer....everything looks like a nail.  I sincerely apologize for bitter Zips fans coming on this board and throwing shade.  I will not add to this debate further.  Thanks for allowing me to join your group.

Really glad to have you a part of this Board.  Enjoy your insight which has pretty much been on the money.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/11/2018 11:49 pm

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ElDuque wrote:

CLK wrote:

Enough of this pampering.  Yes the future looks bright.  Yes this team has overachieved this year and driven up expectations.  However this loss was inexcusable.  The team was not ready to play, lacked intensity and toughness that they displayed all year.  The Dukes got clobbered at home to the worst team in the League.  I don't really want to hear excuses about fatigue and short turn around either.  Fordham had to travel, was without their best player, and only had 6 scholarship players.  At this point I don't give a crap about next season.  I don't want to see this type of basketball (if that is what we saw yesterday by the Dukes) anymore this season.  I don't want to see a bunch  street ballers, ball hogs, or quitters on defense, nor do I want to hear excuses that they are tired.  I want to see the effort we saw again URI and the Bonnies and let the chips fall where they may.  Anything less and I will be disappointed.

Not pampering and not making excuses. I'm seeing silly stuff slamming individual players and sillier stuff talking about Lewis and Williams transferring, and the silliest stuff being individuals thinking they can speak for the entire fan base. Just trying to level set here, sir. Oddly, when I expressed optimism about the upcoming season in terms of how many games this team could win, there were a few folks who thought I was being unfair. I think, looking back, I'm pretty much on the money.

​For the neurotic part of the fan base, it's easy to jump on the bandwagon when things are going well, and easier to jump off after three consecutive losses. Let it ride. Let it play out. 

I'm in this for the long haul. But I don't think the fun is over this year.
 

I was not responding to you my friend.  Just comments on various parts of the internet providing excuses for the poor performance against Fordham.  
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/11/2018 5:26 pm

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Thanks Dsnyder15.  I thought he sounded like someone with an ax to grind.  I had to laugh at his comment of winning 21 games a year and winning championships but not winning in the NCAA was getting old.  It was like telling starving people they are tired of eating steak and lobster every night.  :-)

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/11/2018 12:50 pm

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"If you see somebody at the top of the Palumbo Center on the roof tonight that’s probably going to be me.  I have a good facade. I can fake left and go right, but I’m not a happy guy right now. I work too hard at this to have performances like that. I must second-guess myself, our staff, whatever we have to do. It’s not the players. I refuse to put it on the players. It’s all of us. ... They didn’t bring me here not to win, so when we don’t win or we don’t play well that’s on me. I'm a big boy."  - Keith Dambrot

I give KD credit.  He knows what this team is capable of doing. Yesterday's performance  was not acceptable, no excuse.  The last thing KD wants is for this team to fold like a cheap tent in the last 5 games of the season and be known as "The Same Old Dukes".     

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/11/2018 11:04 am

CLK
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Enough of this pampering.  Yes the future looks bright.  Yes this team has overachieved this year and driven up expectations.  However this loss was inexcusable.  The team was not ready to play, lacked intensity and toughness that they displayed all year.  The Dukes got clobbered at home to the worst team in the League.  I don't really want to hear excuses about fatigue and short turn around either.  Fordham had to travel, was without their best player, and only had 6 scholarship players.  At this point I don't give a crap about next season.  I don't want to see this type of basketball (if that is what we saw yesterday by the Dukes) anymore this season.  I don't want to see a bunch  street ballers, ball hogs, or quitters on defense, nor do I want to hear excuses that they are tired.  I want to see the effort we saw again URI and the Bonnies and let the chips fall where they may.  Anything less and I will be disappointed.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/10/2018 3:38 pm

CLK
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kcc173 wrote:

The loyal posters here should not be subjected to this cowardly brainless bigot. If he is not shut out, this blog should be shut down. NOW

He has been banned. 
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (home) » 2/10/2018 3:33 pm

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Kerrywood sleeps with the fishes!

Men's Basketball » Addressing questions about incoming bigs..... » 2/09/2018 1:11 pm

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Duques102 wrote:

mm76or99 wrote:

The numbers are made up - they don't mean anything. Having guys with good numbers is better than not having guys with good numbers, but the guards from St Bona weren't rated at all, for instance, and the one guy dropped 40 on the Dukes. I don't think depending on freshman to contribute is the recipe for met expectations - but having more talent is better than having less. 

 
While I agree these rankings aren't anything to go by between who is #1-50 on the list, it is still impressive our guys made the list itself. When you look at the schools other guys on the list are attending, it is pretty clear this is the cream of the crop for the position. In that sense, it very much does mean something.

There are always guys that come out of the woodwork and become better than they were rated (Eric Williams), but making a list like this is also recognition that they are a top player among the landscape of high school hoops at their position.

I agree 102, thanks for posting.  Bizeau looks like a very skilled 6'11" and can shoot the three.  A guy like this can really open the floor for our guards.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Dayton Flyers (Away) » 2/08/2018 1:31 pm

CLK
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IronDukes12 wrote:

Funny how most of the commenters here completely ignore Dambrot's mean-spirited comment — and there's no way to put lipstick on that pig — about Ray Goss.

Enjoy the remainder of your season, a disappointing February and March debacle — a typical late-season collapse — in which Duquesne's tired and overworked players display no spark.

They're simply too tired.

Coach Dambrot, not the most contemplative or articulate guy when it comes to public relations, should give his players some well-deserved rest after out-performing everybody's expectations. 

Think about it.

 

https://i.imgur.com/6rqwnUr.jpg

 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Dayton Flyers (Away) » 2/08/2018 1:25 pm

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duq81 wrote:

Too many people on this board let their expectations run wild after we did well during a softer part of the schedule. Now that we've gone through the hardest part of the schedule, and took the lumps that any reasonable fan would have expected, the same folks are telling us that the sky is falling. The coach has gotten more than expected out of a team with many flaws and shortcomings. With 6 games left, we have a game we should expect to win, one we should expect to lose, and 4 close matchups. I'm hoping to win all 4 of these tossups, but as long as we don't get swept, I can't really complain about this season. Not a bad year for what was supposed to be the worst team in the A10.

Great post duq81.  Dambrot has 8 scholarship players available this year, 5 of which are Ferry recruits, and only 2 of which played any significant minutes last year.  What he has done so far has been way beyond what most rational fans could have expected. I for one am enjoying the ride.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Dayton Flyers (Away) » 2/08/2018 11:33 am

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Tejas_Duke wrote:

phil95 wrote:

Ray made the point that after a lackluster first half he & Jared expected the Dukes to play better in the second half. KD jumped on him LOUDLY saying, "What do you mean?" 2  or 3 times. He then went on to say that that was the game they wanted to play. He regained his composure in about 10 seconds before saying it was unfair of him to attack "an 80 year old guy". He kind of apologized, called himself a sore loser, & said conciliatory words a few more times throughout the interview.  By then the horse was already out of the barn.

If it was on video at a press conference & anyone cared about DU hoops, it would have gone viral & Dambrot would have been a punchline for a few days. I suspect an enterprising reporter or two would link this outburst to the racially charged one that derailed his career for a number of years. Modern media regularly makes big deals out of little deals if there are extra clicks to be gained.

All that aside, it demonstrated a real lack of self-control for a man pushing 60 & making million dollars a year to change the culture of a perpetually bumbling college basketball program. 

All that aside, it just wasn't a nice thing to do to a man that has devoted 5 decades & change of his life to being the biggest possible supporter of the program under very trying circumstances.

 To this point, KD has been fantastic. For the first time this season his team struggled to be his team & he couldn't take it. That was the biggest disappointment of the evening.

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Yeah nothing like complaining about today's traditional and social media blowing things out of proportion and beating dead horses by doing that exact same thing in a long post!

As my Father always said, Be brief in apology and acceptance of apologies and then Move On!

Maybe we should set up safe zones.    
 

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