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Men's Basketball » Does this season count » Today 7:05 am

SkepticAl
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My understanding is it does NOT Count towards ANY player's limits.

TDM, Mike and Marcus could return for another year if they chose -  The Freshman class all have four years remaining if they desire.

Teams as a whole cannot exceed the team limit.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 8:23 pm

duq81
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Ironduke81 wrote:

PistolPete wrote:

I agree with most of you guys, especially CLK and 81', and after a morning discussion with my good friend the GMan, let me reiterate a couple of points that fall on KD's doorstep:
1. KD, in the last recruiting class said "we've addressed length" (correct) and "we've address shooting"...I call bullsh.. 
2. As GMan has pointed out in 4 years our best 1 or 2 guard recruit was Sin, let's face it.  And when the other PG's you recruit are called Evan Buckley,  Brandon Wade and Belechik (as Iron Duke calls him) then you have failed at bringing in any competition to SC and you end up having to kiss his ass and put up with his dissatisfaction - and also offer his brother who had no other offers a scholie.  I do still think Acuff can be a good player, but I question his quickness too - like someone else posted.  GMan said he'd like to see us recruit some guards at the 1 and 2 out of NYC, Philly, Jersey or DC and I wholeheartedly agree with him.  KD has limited himself to the Michigan and Ohio areas it seems to me, look at who the one guy we signed for next year (and the kid seems to me like a Jett except 2" taller), and that leads me to point #3.
3.  I've said this before and I'll say it again, this coaching staff may need a shake-up to expand recruiting areas and bring in a fresh perspective on talent evaluation and game strategy at a minimum.  KD crows about how long his staff has been with him and fellas that is not necessarily a good thing.  You don't want a turnstile of assistant coaches, but you don't want the same faces for 2 decades either - they get too comfortable!! 
4. KD deserves to start taking some the heat.  Everyone is dealing with the same issues in the conference and this is year 4 for KD.  When have we recruited quality guards at the 1 and 2 other than SC??? We were supposed to have a lock down shooter in Jett and he can't see the Court.  We've never recruited anyone better than Marcus and Mike who were broug

Men's Basketball » Look in the Mirror KD » Yesterday 8:08 pm

phil95
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townsonkid wrote:

stew wrote:

Very discouraging,we are looking at a major rebuild next year unless Dambrot gets lucky bringing in quality
transfers at both guard positions.I dont think Acuff is the answer,doesnt seem very explosive.I need
a heavy dose of mind altering drugs after watching a team committ over 20 turnovers and  still win by 20.
It cant get much worse.

I think they need to turn the offense over to Acuff now, right now, this season is lost, we'll get dunked on in the A10T, so let him become the floor general now, not next year and have to learn it.   He's quick enough.   He needs to be given the freedom to do his thing, not just pass it off all the time.

I concur. There is only a minute chance that these Dukes can win this tourney without some serious COVID problems for the other schools. Giving Acuff the start & committing to 25+ minutes for him allows him much-needed experience that he was deprived by the shortened season, a potential confidence boost going into next season, & the staff a long look at what he has to offer in serious game situations. He automatically offers more size, length, strength & defensive resistance than TDM. How bad could it possibly go?

I am in the camp of Tyson being a multipurpose guard rather than a traditional lead guard. He could grow into that job in time but that isn't what he is right now. However, assuming minimal roster turnover for next season, it is somewhat likely that next season will begin with him & another combo guard or forward in the backcourt. That is all the more reason to get him legit experience against quality opponents in "meaningful" games.

I would like to see Acuff & Maceo start the next 2 games. Maceo offers all of the qualities that KD touts in Bekelja with the bonus of being significantly more athletic, longer, taller, & more experienced. He plays very solid one-on-one defense along with excellent team defense. He played well last night contributing a variety of box score n

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 8:03 pm

Ironduke81
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PistolPete wrote:

I agree with most of you guys, especially CLK and 81', and after a morning discussion with my good friend the GMan, let me reiterate a couple of points that fall on KD's doorstep:
1. KD, in the last recruiting class said "we've addressed length" (correct) and "we've address shooting"...I call bullsh.. 
2. As GMan has pointed out in 4 years our best 1 or 2 guard recruit was Sin, let's face it.  And when the other PG's you recruit are called Evan Buckley,  Brandon Wade and Belechik (as Iron Duke calls him) then you have failed at bringing in any competition to SC and you end up having to kiss his ass and put up with his dissatisfaction - and also offer his brother who had no other offers a scholie.  I do still think Acuff can be a good player, but I question his quickness too - like someone else posted.  GMan said he'd like to see us recruit some guards at the 1 and 2 out of NYC, Philly, Jersey or DC and I wholeheartedly agree with him.  KD has limited himself to the Michigan and Ohio areas it seems to me, look at who the one guy we signed for next year (and the kid seems to me like a Jett except 2" taller), and that leads me to point #3.
3.  I've said this before and I'll say it again, this coaching staff may need a shake-up to expand recruiting areas and bring in a fresh perspective on talent evaluation and game strategy at a minimum.  KD crows about how long his staff has been with him and fellas that is not necessarily a good thing.  You don't want a turnstile of assistant coaches, but you don't want the same faces for 2 decades either - they get too comfortable!! 
4. KD deserves to start taking some the heat.  Everyone is dealing with the same issues in the conference and this is year 4 for KD.  When have we recruited quality guards at the 1 and 2 other than SC??? We were supposed to have a lock down shooter in Jett and he can't see the Court.  We've never recruited anyone better than Marcus and Mike who were brought in 4 years ago,

Men's Basketball » Does this season count » Yesterday 8:02 pm

WashPaRick
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as a year of the 4 allowed for non seniors or does everybody come back in the same class as this season?

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 7:50 pm

Forgot about Chad Baker shooting the 3 ball pretty well really but as mentioned very streaky and with a relatively small sampling of 15 games played. Jury still out on him. Really hoping that JR has an opportunity to prove himself on the court before he exits the program.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 6:08 pm

DennisC91
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So many kids are struggling that one can't help but wonder if it's the system. Only Chad Baker has a respectable 3-PT percentage at 40.4 (21-for-52), though he's been streaky. I don't know about you guys, but I cringe every time someone chucks up a 3 early in the shot clock or off a run-out/transition play. If our team 3-point percentage is 28.8, then our percentage on the latter has got to be somewhere around 8-10%. Yet the kids really seem to love taking those shots. 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 5:07 pm

It is apparent that  consistent 3 point shooting is lacking on our team. Would think the major area to be addressed. KD brought in Roesing but it's obvious that there are deficiencies in his game or he would be getting some playing time. TDM has been our best, if only slightly above average, 3 point threat but he has totally lost that skill to this point. Ryan Murphy was added as well but he has not measured up to what might have been reasonably expected of him. Lamar Norman might also have underachieved in this area. All this leaving KD with no other viable options at present. I would expect that this hole in our game will be addressed moving forward. Not absolving the staff here, but sometimes when things go bad they go real bad. I really don't believe that any of us expected to see the long range scoring to be this inept including KD. Let's see how it is addressed.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 4:35 pm

Duq81 and others have made great points about the way the game is played today and the importance of shooting and specifically the 3 point shot! Can't argue with you guys and I keep hoping TDM will find it and get hot but maybe it is just not going to happen! Do you try Murphy more? I don't have the answer for this team right now but definitely agree with you guys that moving forward this needs to be a recruiting priority. I am still a KD guy but maybe he does need to adjust his philosophy to emphasize 3 ball more

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 3:58 pm

duq81
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CLK wrote:

DennisC91 hit the nail on the head:  " But this is who we are. Dukes are 323rd in 3-pt FG percentage out of 340 NCAA D1 teams, and that was before last night's debacle."

You can't win if you can't make shots, and this has been the same problem for KD for the last 4 years.  The dukes try to compensate in other areas like defense, and post play, but that can only carry you so far.  It comes down to this, he needs to recruit better players who can shoot as well as defend.  There are a couple freshman players who have shown potential, but have not proven themselves to be consistent.  What you would expect from most freshman.  In my humble opinion KD should be looking at the best transfer players he can get.  In today's world it is the best way to rebuild. 
 

Agreed 100%.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 3:44 pm

CLK
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DennisC91 hit the nail on the head:  " But this is who we are. Dukes are 323rd in 3-pt FG percentage out of 340 NCAA D1 teams, and that was before last night's debacle."

You can't win if you can't make shots, and this has been the same problem for KD for the last 4 years.  The dukes try to compensate in other areas like defense, and post play, but that can only carry you so far.  It comes down to this, he needs to recruit better players who can shoot as well as defend.  There are a couple freshman players who have shown potential, but have not proven themselves to be consistent.  What you would expect from most freshman.  In my humble opinion KD should be looking at the best transfer players he can get.  In today's world it is the best way to rebuild. 
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 3:26 pm

townsonkid
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Maybe with KD's lack of discipline required of his players, Xavier Johnson will want to come to DU next year.   Bring Toney with him too.   

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 2:58 pm

duq81
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FAM wrote:

Pistol - Excellent Post

Levon- Not beating up Hughes - However... I have said every year that Hughes has played here that his emotions are out of control, Coach accepts it, and it hurts the team. All are facts

Go Dukes

KD has trouble controlling himself   so go figure.

Men's Basketball » Look in the Mirror KD » Yesterday 2:43 pm

townsonkid
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stew wrote:

Very discouraging,we are looking at a major rebuild next year unless Dambrot gets lucky bringing in quality
transfers at both guard positions.I dont think Acuff is the answer,doesnt seem very explosive.I need
a heavy dose of mind altering drugs after watching a team committ over 20 turnovers and  still win by 20.
It cant get much worse.

I think they need to turn the offense over to Acuff now, right now, this season is lost, we'll get dunked on in the A10T, so let him become the floor general now, not next year and have to learn it.   He's quick enough.   He needs to be given the freedom to do his thing, not just pass it off all the time.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 2:18 pm

FAM
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Pistol - Excellent Post

Levon- Not beating up Hughes - However... I have said every year that Hughes has played here that his emotions are out of control, Coach accepts it, and it hurts the team. All are facts

Go Dukes

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 1:35 pm

townsonkid
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The offense is so bad, LaSalle turned it over 20+ times last night, and we scored 65 pts.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 1:05 pm

PistolPete
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I agree with most of you guys, especially CLK and 81', and after a morning discussion with my good friend the GMan, let me reiterate a couple of points that fall on KD's doorstep:
1. KD, in the last recruiting class said "we've addressed length" (correct) and "we've address shooting"...I call bullsh.. 
2. As GMan has pointed out in 4 years our best 1 or 2 guard recruit was Sin, let's face it.  And when the other PG's you recruit are called Evan Buckley,  Brandon Wade and Belechik (as Iron Duke calls him) then you have failed at bringing in any competition to SC and you end up having to kiss his ass and put up with his dissatisfaction - and also offer his brother who had no other offers a scholie.  I do still think Acuff can be a good player, but I question his quickness too - like someone else posted.  GMan said he'd like to see us recruit some guards at the 1 and 2 out of NYC, Philly, Jersey or DC and I wholeheartedly agree with him.  KD has limited himself to the Michigan and Ohio areas it seems to me, look at who the one guy we signed for next year (and the kid seems to me like a Jett except 2" taller), and that leads me to point #3.
3.  I've said this before and I'll say it again, this coaching staff may need a shake-up to expand recruiting areas and bring in a fresh perspective on talent evaluation and game strategy at a minimum.  KD crows about how long his staff has been with him and fellas that is not necessarily a good thing.  You don't want a turnstile of assistant coaches, but you don't want the same faces for 2 decades either - they get too comfortable!! 
4. KD deserves to start taking some the heat.  Everyone is dealing with the same issues in the conference and this is year 4 for KD.  When have we recruited quality guards at the 1 and 2 other than SC??? We were supposed to have a lock down shooter in Jett and he can't see the Court.  We've never recruited anyone better than Marcus and Mike who were brought in 4 years ago, other than EWilli

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 1:01 pm

levon1975
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Let's not get carried away with the criticism of Hughes. He has just had the longest streak of consistently good games against A-10 opponents in his college career. He had a rough game yesterday, but that doesn't mean he won't come back with another 3-4 good games in a row to finish out the season.  Please don't overreact.  

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 12:04 pm

FAM
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I believe we are in the bottom 4.  Folks were upset at the beginning of the season on where we were ranked in the A-10.  Obviously, the A-10 ranking was correct.  I can almost accept the missed shots.  Teams pack it in so we can't get to the inside which is our strength and we can't shoot from the outside.

There is NO EXCUSE for the following:
-The lazy passes-
-The 5th year senior still being a head case, the coach never controlling him, and the impact on the game.  I wonder if the freshmen coming up...and we know who...will take the same path.

Article in Tribune-Review Today Says it All: Michael Hughes ejected in Duquesne's loss to La Salle

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 11:58 am

DennisC91
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Exactly, really tough to win in today's game when you're 9-for-36 from 3-point land the last two games. But this is who we are. Dukes are 323rd in 3-pt FG percentage out of 340 NCAA D1 teams, and that was before last night's debacle. Only Fordham is worse in the A10. With Carry's departure, there isn't a true PG on this roster. TDM and Acuff are at best combo guards. Neither is all that adept at running a halfcourt offense. I do think there's some real talent on this roster, but it's a bit mismatched. No true PG and not really a true shooting guard on the roster either, well except for Jett who only gets in the game when the walk-ons do, and Ryan Murphy, who hasn't been able to make many shots. Austin, Baker and Okani are all variations of the same player--swingman, small forward, wing types, though one hopes there's still a lot of upside to be realized with all three. One good center--when he doesn't get in foul trouble or T'd up--two good power forwards. Lots of talent, but lots of gaps too.

So what's it all add up to? Well, look at it this way, we're 3-0 against the two worst teams in the league, 3-7 against everyone else. 5-2 against the bottom-5, 1-5 against everyone else. One win against a team with a winning record in conference play. That was Dayton, which has now also lost to Fordham, St. Joe's and LaSalle, so not really that impressive of a win. We've managed to avoid playing VCU, St. Louis and UMass and had our road game against Davidson canceled, yet we're still under .500 in conference play. We may yet avoid the play-in round in Richmond next week, but we're much closer to the bottom four than the top four of the A10.

Men's Basketball » Look in the Mirror KD » Yesterday 11:21 am

Tejas_Duke
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stew wrote:

Very discouraging,we are looking at a major rebuild next year unless Dambrot gets lucky bringing in quality
transfers at both guard positions.I dont think Acuff is the answer,doesnt seem very explosive.I need
a heavy dose of mind altering drugs after watching a team committ over 20 turnovers and  still win by 20.
It cant get much worse.

As I pointed out earlier, 20 turnovers at only 75% of the game!
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 10:30 am

duq81
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luckymcd wrote:

I agree with the judge and the president. In the immediate aftermath of such an ugly loss it's hard to not be down on the team. I do like the pieces we have though (including the coach).

If even just Weathers and Hughes could get it going in the same game we can beat anyone in the A-10. If the outside shots are also falling that game we can compete with just about anybody. The preview Phoenix posted said LaSalle was one of the most schizophrenic teams in the country, but we weren't far behind. You'd expect that from true freshmen. Even the fifth year seniors seems to come and go though. Weathers and Hughes seem to alternate who takes over games and TDM is still as streaky as ever.

The talent is definitely in place. The coaches have done a good job assembling a team as talented as any in the conference. They did a great job reassembling it on the fly after the departures. They need to take that next step and bring it all together.

Talent in the backcourt is lacking. TDM is having his worst year, Acuff hasn't shown much, and Maceo is nowhere near the impact player he was expected to be. The way the game is now played, you need guys who can shoot. We're severely lacking there. KD needs to get a competent point guard in here, as well as a 2 that can hit the open 3.

Men's Basketball » Look in the Mirror KD » Yesterday 9:52 am

luckymcd
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El Presidente wrote:

Often wondered why a great shooter like Micah, who was in the business of working to develop players shooting skills, couldn't be employed in some fashion by Duquesne. There was no finer 3 point shooter than Micah. Didn't he shoot over 50% from beyond the arc maybe his junior year? Someone can correct me if I have that wrong.

56% in 2013-14, the best single season percentage in NCAA history. He's 4th best ever for his career. I didn't know he ran shooting camps, but we could certainly use that knowledge. Unfortunately I don't think it can be this season as I expect we are at the maximum number of coaches. You can have unlimited "consultants" but they aren't allowed to work with the players directly.

Men's Basketball » Look in the Mirror KD » Yesterday 9:50 am

I was watching the game ""loosely" at a birthday party but i noticed at least 2 or 3 of those floater passes. Maybe they displayed a little post covid lack of sharpness. If i recall, they beat GW after covid then lost the following game to them looking to be in a funk.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - La Salle Explorers » Yesterday 9:44 am

luckymcd
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I agree with the judge and the president. In the immediate aftermath of such an ugly loss it's hard to not be down on the team. I do like the pieces we have though (including the coach).

If even just Weathers and Hughes could get it going in the same game we can beat anyone in the A-10. If the outside shots are also falling that game we can compete with just about anybody. The preview Phoenix posted said LaSalle was one of the most schizophrenic teams in the country, but we weren't far behind. You'd expect that from true freshmen. Even the fifth year seniors seems to come and go though. Weathers and Hughes seem to alternate who takes over games and TDM is still as streaky as ever.

The talent is definitely in place. The coaches have done a good job assembling a team as talented as any in the conference. They did a great job reassembling it on the fly after the departures. They need to take that next step and bring it all together.

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