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Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Bowling Green State University Falcons » Today 12:21 am

A83
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It makes me sad that we care so much and get angry and argue.   And that things never change there.  I zoned out completely during the Ferry years.   Mainly because I could take Ferry or Amodio.   I’m reaching the same point now.   Keep fighting the good fight.   But it’s easier to walk away then to be angry all the time.   And I’m speaking to myself.  Lol.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Bowling Green State University Falcons » Today 12:14 am

Rayrich
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Judge Jack McVay Jr wrote:

Rayrich thanks for sharing and what a fun year 1977 at Duquesne! We went to NCFA national championship football game and Norman Mase Gumby B Pat Felix and just so many other great guys went to the dance. It will happen again despite the discouraging start..someday...and I will admit I am getting worried about this year's hoops team!I can't argue with many of the posts

You are welcome Judge. Those were good times. Rich Cotton, John Thomas, and I totally forgot about Felix. Mase came up big especially on the defensive side late in that game. Also, remember the club football championship. Was living in the Philly suburbs at that time. The Philadelphia inquirer had a nice write up on that win in their Sunday sports page which I read religiously. At that time the inquirer was the best bar none when covering sports both locally and nationally. The Philly evening bulletin was the go to when you needed a late night final score which was basically any game in the midwest/rockies/west time zone.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Bowling Green State University Falcons » Yesterday 9:40 pm

Tejas_Duke
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FAM wrote:

Yes, I love DU BUT...
-I get bothered when folks say we should win by 5 or 10 or 15 and I always say, I'll be happy if we win by just one. 
 

I've thought that.  For four years a lot of the fans on this board have labored under the assumption that we are really a 100-125 RPI team, who think that we should dominate games and win easily.  A way too light  OOC schedule has fed that delusion. This year we finally have an OOC schedule indicative of that position and the truth is being exposed.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Bowling Green State University Falcons » Yesterday 9:09 pm

KenOTR73
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One more thought. Maybe Bobby Mo' will steal KD from us like we stole Danny Nee from them. You see how that worked out.... In the same vein, maybe KD figures he has his retirement job just like Nee did. I made my step up and this is my ceiling. It's milking time.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Marshall Thundering Herd » Yesterday 8:11 pm

7:00pm EST tip on Saturday 12/04/2021 at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, WV
Per KenPom:
Dukes #214 (3-5) vs Marshall Thundering Herd #115 (4-3; 3-3 vs. D-1)
Game prediction: Dukes lose by 9, 82-73 - Dukes with 19% probability of a win.
Betting line: Dukes are 8½ point underdogs; Over/Under 154
Duquesne 3-5 Against the Spread: Marshall 2-3-1 ATS

Dukes Best Win(s): Bradley (195); Rider (270)
Dukes Worst Loss(es): Bowling Green (171); Northeastern (159)
Marshall Best Win(s): Wright St. (151); Louisiana (186)
Marshall Worst Loss(es): Campbell (160); Akron (153)

Four Factors ==> Effective field goal percentage; Turnover percentage; Offensive rebounding percentage; Free throw rate (shown below if team has Top 100 ranking overall or top 4 in conference as a strength; if team has Bottom 100 ranking or bottom 4 in conference as a weakness)

Here's a look at Marshall for the season (national ranking out of 358 teams):
Offensive Strength: Turnover % (38); Effective FG % (84)
Offensive Weakness: None
Defensive Strength: None
Defensive Weakness: None

Here's a look at the Dukes for the season (national ranking out of 358 teams):
Offensive Strength: Offensive Rebound % (74); Turnover % (93)
Offensive Weakness: Effective FG % (263)
Defensive Strength: None
Defensive Weakness: Effective FG % (275)

Points per Possession and Number of Possessions
Marshall Adj Offense Efficiency - 107.6; 64 in D-1 vs Dukes Adj Defense Efficiency - 102.8; 214 in D-1
Marshall Adj Defense Efficiency - 102.4; 201 in D-1 vs Dukes Adj Offense Efficiency - 99.2; 216 in D-1
Marshall Adj Tempo - 75.7; 2 in D-1 vs Dukes Adj Tempo - 67.8; 226 in D-1

Miscellaneous
Experience - Marshall 2.15 yrs; 122 in D-1; Dukes 0.77 yrs; 353 in D-1
Average Height - Marshall 78.5"; 21 in D-1; Dukes 77.2"; 140 in D-1


Haslametrics = has the Dukes as 250th in the country.
Marshall is 145th in the country.
Automated Game Preview:  https://haslametrics.com/preview.php?yr=&tid1=4391&tid2=575&neut=0
Overall Ratings:  h

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 5:36 pm

Dome and CLK we have talked about this in the past regarding zone and I think you're right. I think it is great to have man as your base defense or primary defense or whatever you want to call it but you should have alternatives. This is true in any sport for general tactics and if nothing more than a change from what is not working during the game. One criticism of KD that I agree with but I
also   remain a fan overall and want to get a little deeper into this season.  I am  admittedly looking like a wild eyed optimist at 23 wins for the moment,  and I also thought that the Steelers would win the division.After week 1 so did a lot of people. At least I learned not to bet a long time ago! 😀 Go Dukes    and I appreciate all opinions and this board!

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 3:47 pm

FAM
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Maryland coach just stepped down...according to the papers.  I have a source who told me he was fired because they were ranked and our now losing.  Well, we were never ranked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 3:25 pm

Styles1229
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I've been a KD guy since his arrival.  The things I'm seeing this year as it pertains to game management/coaching seem different.  I don't understand the Xs and Os of basketball the way a lot on this board do but in the previous seasons I was impressed with his ability to run defensive sets late in the game to give us a chance to win.  This season is mind boggling.  He looks completely in over his head and the team is not prepared or able to adjust to what the other teams are doing.  I wonder how much "coaching" went on in the months leading up to the Rider game.  This team is not prepared.  I see lots of effort and raw talent but no rudimentary understanding of what they are supposed to being doing at either end of the court.  Now that the season is in full swing is there time to get back to the basics and learn the system?  I think Ayers, Easley and Tre are as good or better than any player KD has brought to the bluff.  I have hope but BG game was a sizeable step backward and that just can't happen.  It's on KD

Basketball Recruiting » Kareem Rozier Commits To Duquesne » Yesterday 2:27 pm

phil95
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El Presidente wrote:

I do agree that both Primo and JJ should be held to the same standard but it's obvious to me that Primo is quite a bit ahead of JJ in his development and understanding of the role of the PG. I have more trust in Primo at this moment to run the team albeit a bad game against BG. Primo and JJ, in my mind, are both super talented and we are most fortunate to have both. Didn't mean to start any argument over who should get more PT. Probably the one who looks better in a given game. Would love to see both in there together at some point. Probably the 2 most talented guards on the team.

Based on outcomes, Primo should be getting the lion's share of the minutes; especially as the PG. He is going to need all the experience he can get because the competition is going to improve & he is going to be high on other teams' scouting reports. I do advocate for more time for JJ but not necessarily as a PG.

An Acuff/JJ backcourt with Tyson as the lead ballhandler might be something to look at. There just has to be more movement, cutting, & better screening in the offense to make this viable.

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 2:20 pm

phil95
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The Dome wrote:

Pistol, Johnson is a talent but you have to agree he can not play defense. Given KD’s aversion to EVER play zone of any type this is a major problem. I thought the color analyst from the tournament hit it on the head when he said Johnson needs to trust giving up the ball to get it back in a better position to score.
Thinking KD is going to change this in your face defensive posture that leads to countless layups by our opponents is wishful thinking. We currently rank 216th in 2pt defense and 317th in 3pt according to KenPom. Every coach in the country has learned to make us of a zone defense. This teams construction screams for it.
A83, like everyone else I feel and understand the frustration. I’m a 45+ year fan. What Harper did to save this program can not be minimized!

JJ is no defensive stopper, that is true. However, after rewatching every minute he has played in the last 4 available games for the express purpose of watching him play defense, I believe it is wrong to say he cannot play defense. His effort on that end was in no way a liability in any of those games. You can see him applying & trying to apply the things he is being asked to do. 

If you have time, take a look at his minutes against Bowling Green & you will see that he is not out of position nor does his man score any points, claim any offensive rebounds, or record any assists during his 7 minutes. You could get on him for not sprinting out to challenge a wide-open 3 but that was Primo's man that had already burned Primo going to the hoop & Primo quit on the play then acted like it was somebody else's responsibility. Really, both guys did not put forth enough effort on that important play. 

This goes nicely with KD's BS about JJ not playing more in the game because you can't come in off the bench & make turnovers. The kid made one turnover being picked from behind in the transition. He also slipped & stumbled due in large part to the horrific offensive spacing & got t

Basketball Recruiting » Kareem Rozier Commits To Duquesne » Yesterday 12:50 pm

Bsduq2008
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I agree with you El Presidente.  I would LOVE to see both Primo and JJ play at the same time more - we have seen a few minutes.  Maybe Dambrot could work some plays to get JJ some open looks and still allow Primo to handle to point.  I do think Primo has the better feel running the point but I just don't think you can sit JJ for long periods when we have seen his ability to score.  It seems he can dribble drive both left and right pretty solid.  I would just love to seem them more together - I think both have tremendous upside and potential 

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 12:08 pm

CLK
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Most of these players have played zone before, especially the transfers.  That is a pretty poor excuse for him to use.  It is not like his exclusive use of man is working, and it is not like he has to play a zone exclusively.     As you said above just about every other coach in the country has managed to incorporate a zone.  Are our players not smart enough to learn, or is our high priced coach unable to teach?   I am so tired of excuses. The job of a manager by definition is getting the job done through other people.  By any reasonable standard Dambrot is not getting the job done so far in his 5th year.   

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 10:55 am

The Dome
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CLK, agree with your points. KD believes it takes longer to teach effective zone principles than man. I’m at a loss to understand it. Last year he tried it for one or two possessions in a  couple of games and immediately declared it useless.

Depending on what zone he decides it might provide some help on the boards since we are getting killed there. That has also been a constant under KD. Basic boxing out principles aren’t being emphasized. Several times in the Colorado game it was costly.

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 10:15 am

CLK
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Dome great point about Dambrot's unwillingness, or inability to incorporate a zone defense. Why is that?  As you pointed out, it could hardly produce worsts results than his one size fits all man, and give the long athletic type of players we have could be more effective at times.  Moreover, it would help players like Hima who will always struggle in a man only defense to give us useful minutes in a zone.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Bowling Green State University Falcons » Yesterday 9:00 am

1111 Vickroy
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Sorry to belabor the point about these stupid opening game balls. I saw a line of people going out and I stopped someone who told me what was going on. It was only 3 or 4 games late and many who attended had no clue. It's just another reflection of the administrations poor approach to the program.Thanks Father Nesti

Men's Basketball » Year 5 » Yesterday 8:48 am

The Dome
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Pistol, Johnson is a talent but you have to agree he can not play defense. Given KD’s aversion to EVER play zone of any type this is a major problem. I thought the color analyst from the tournament hit it on the head when he said Johnson needs to trust giving up the ball to get it back in a better position to score.
Thinking KD is going to change this in your face defensive posture that leads to countless layups by our opponents is wishful thinking. We currently rank 216th in 2pt defense and 317th in 3pt according to KenPom. Every coach in the country has learned to make us of a zone defense. This teams construction screams for it.
A83, like everyone else I feel and understand the frustration. I’m a 45+ year fan. What Harper did to save this program can not be minimized!

Basketball Recruiting » Kareem Rozier Commits To Duquesne » Yesterday 8:45 am

I do agree that both Primo and JJ should be held to the same standard but it's obvious to me that Primo is quite a bit ahead of JJ in his development and understanding of the role of the PG. I have more trust in Primo at this moment to run the team albeit a bad game against BG. Primo and JJ, in my mind, are both super talented and we are most fortunate to have both. Didn't mean to start any argument over who should get more PT. Probably the one who looks better in a given game. Would love to see both in there together at some point. Probably the 2 most talented guards on the team.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Bowling Green State University Falcons » Yesterday 7:17 am

townsonkid
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A83 wrote:

townsonkid wrote:

I dont understand why there wasnt a box of those balls at that gate.   Its not like I was the only person using it.   And its not just the ball, its that stupid band of 5 people, why have it?   Its no fans.   Its cheerleaders that cant do simple cheers.   Its a team that doesnt listen to their coach, or is coached by a buffoon  Its zero post presence, again.  Most fans that do go dont care.   Its a 3rd rate program top to bottom(minus the building).   Gormley and Harper should be embarrassed, or pissed off.  I wonder why any bball player even wants to go there, must be a last chance kind of thing.   Red Ring is closed too, WTH?

Lol. “ Gormley and Harper should be embarrassed or pissed off.” Gee, If either one ran the place and had decision making abilities to change things.

They are neither embarrassed or pissed off. They both make great salaries. And there are very few people who care enough to bitch to them. And those in the inner circle kiss their asses. Apathy is their best friends.

We pay actual money to see their ineptness year after year. I don’t give a damn about getting a mini basketball. But they tweeted the day before the game about those basketballs and no one gave a damn enough to see if they even arrived

Luckymcd and you said said it best. It has always been a third class operation. And it always will be.

The same third class operation that existed during the Colleary and Amodio eras is alive and thriving under Harper with a staff triple the size of Colleary’s and with significantly more people than Amodio. And they all punch out at 4:30 and could give a damn if any DU team won or lost. Most of them couldn’t even tell you if they won or lost.

But hey we have a social media coach. That doesn’t attend games or promote the team. But spends a ton of time promoting himself and his number one client Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills and Pitt. And promoting himself as the NCAA’s first

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