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Men's Basketball » Jim Ferry Now Head Coach at Penn State » 10/21/2020 5:47 pm

luckymcd
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We need to get them on the schedule ASAP then. We need all the wins we can get over power conference teams.

Men's Basketball » Winter Sports Athletes Granted An Extra Year Of Eligibility » 10/19/2020 10:57 pm

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CLK wrote:

If you include Hima (not in your count) and everybody is on scholarship next year we would still have one scholarship left to give.  Hughes, Weathers and TDM would not be counted towards the 13 player limit.  This could explain our limited offers for next year.  KD is a recruiting wizard.  
 

If you look closely, you'll see I said the hardest part may be getting under the limit for THIS year. This rule could help us big time next year though.

Men's Basketball » Winter Sports Athletes Granted An Extra Year Of Eligibility » 10/19/2020 9:38 am

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We will be loaded next year if the guys decide to come back. I could see Weathers and Hughes getting pro interest, if not from the NBA than certainly overseas. If they do come back though, it would definitely be the most talented roster we've had in decades (and one of the most experienced) to go along with the best coach we've had in that time. The hardest thing might be getting under the 13 limit for this year. If we can figure that out, next year will be easy (except for actually having expectations for the first time in possibly that long too).
1) Hughes
2) Weathers
3) TDM
4) Rotroff
5) Sincere
6) Norman
7) Kelly
8) Austin
9) Harris
10) Baker
11) Roesing
12) Acuff
13) Okani
14) Bekelja

Men's Basketball » Pray for our friend duq81 » 10/18/2020 9:13 am

luckymcd
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I don't think my parish will take screen names for intercessions, but I'll certainly be praying for you. It is the least I could do for someone who has a huge part in making this board what it is.

Men's Basketball » LOUISVILLE MTE » 10/07/2020 12:53 pm

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This is great news!

Louisville is obviously a national powerhouse, so we were able to replace (and in fact even upgrade) the power five game we lost against Maryland. They are a very talented team and Mack is a great coach who has had our number (any of the occasional success we had against Xavier wasn't under him). We'll be facing a very young team though. Their four leading scorers, three of their four leading rebounders, five of their six leading assist men, and five of their six leaders in steals either graduated or went pro. We'll get our chance against a very young team that will probably look great by season's end (i.e. tournament selection time).

Winthrop might not get too many people's blood pumping, but they have qualified for the tournament 11 times in the last 22 seasons including last year's team which won the Big South regular season and tournament. They bring back most of their team, so they'll probably be favored to win the conference again. They did graduate their leading scorer and rebounder though.

UNC Greensboro has only made the tournament once in the last 19 seasons, but has won 104 games over the last four seasons, and figures to compete for a tourney bid this year.

Plus there should be more teams to come. Louisville was hoping to bring in 8-12 teams. Usually you lead with the highlights when announcing this kind of thing, but I expect Louisville to be able to bring in some big names. Hopefully they are still securing contracts and are able to bring in at least one other power conference opponent, and maybe some more high profile mid-majors.

Duquesne Football » HOMECOMING 2020 BRACKETOLOGY ALL TIME GREATEST DUKES » 9/23/2020 4:11 pm

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VBC wrote:

I was wondering that as well, CLK.  I knew he was an All-American but the description of Basrak as consensus All-American swayed me if it came down to Mike vs. Al at the end.  Clearly they were both outstanding players and either would be a deserving choice for greatest ever.  I can't see choosing a player from an era when Duquesne wasn't playing at the highest level of competition as the best in school history.

For the most part I agree with taking the competition level into consideration. My vote for best ever goes to Leigh Bodden though. Watching him play against non-scholarship competition the only thing you could think was men against boys. At the same time though, you could tell his talent was for real. I felt at the time he deserved more national acclaim, and didn't get it simply because so few people saw him. His NFL career certainly confirmed that.

Duquesne Football » HOMECOMING 2020 BRACKETOLOGY ALL TIME GREATEST DUKES » 9/23/2020 3:34 pm

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Judge Jack McVay Jr wrote:

Thanks luckymcd but I am dead serious about Boyd Brumbaugh and Al DeMao and Mike Basrak et al. Those were all NFL caliber players in their day and Duquesne was a top level D 1 team.I don't know if you saw the bio section and Ray Kemp was the first African American Steeler and well before Jackie Robinson and hardly anyone knows about him.

As a sports historian I'm very familiar with the players from back when the Dukes were a legitimate D-1 program. I'm also familiar with the players of the last 20 years or so. Admittedly, the majority of the names I didn't recognize at all were from your era. In full disclosure I didn't know of your on-field exploits. I saw your name on the ballot and my first thought was I wonder if that's the same guy? I did see the bio section, and used it to vote on the half I didn't know. I just felt like they stretched a bit to get to the magic bracket number of 64, as there were some players I didn't recognize even from the eras I am familiar with.

After writing this up I took another look at the bracket. I recognized exactly half of the nominees, but 9 of the 32 didn't make it out of the first round. Now I suppose it's possible that if the ballot was only 32 some or all of them wouldn't have made the smaller ballot. I suspect most of them would have though. 

Duquesne Football » HOMECOMING 2020 BRACKETOLOGY ALL TIME GREATEST DUKES » 9/20/2020 8:32 pm

luckymcd
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Judge Jack McVay Jr wrote:

I was pushing Boyd Brumbaugh because his first round opponent in the Dan McCann division was against Jack McVay and I voted for Brumbaugh! haha thanks for sharing as always CLK 😄

Looks like your humility worked against you in round one. Let's see what happens in round two.

On another note, I think the bracket should have started with 32. I can't say I'm a huge Dukes football fan, but I've followed the team closer than anyone I know of outside this board since I was an undergrad. I only recognized maybe 1/2 the names on the original ballot and some of them didn't survive round one. 
 

Men's Basketball » November 21st Start Date For College Basketball » 9/17/2020 4:15 pm

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Yes we played an exhibition against WVU last year, but I'm sure what duq81 is getting at is that Huggins was the coach when they ended the actual series. We had played a true home-and-home series with them for 12 years after they left the conference and before Huggins came. Huggins (or his AD) kept the series going for 6 more years, but did cancel it. We haven't played them in a game that counted since 2013, and if the series were to ever resume it is very unlikely it would be a home-and-home as it had been for decades. Since cancelling the series with us, they've only played eight away non-conference games (four against ACC teams, 3 against SEC teams, and strangely enough one at Northern Kentucky).

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 9/13/2020 5:21 pm

luckymcd
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scduke wrote:

A rule a coach can't bring more than 8 players in 2 years must be an old rule because RE had only about 3 players left when he started.

I should have thought of that. That would have been the most extreme case. It looks like we brought in nine freshmen that year, and of course there were a few transfers in too. So that rule must have been taken off the books pretty quickly.

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 9/13/2020 1:29 pm

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CLK wrote:

KD has never brought in more than 8 players, at least at DU.  So don't know what you are referring to.

The article mentioned an NCAA rule at the time setting a maximum on scholarships awarded over two years at eight. It's not even a matter of eight scholarships on the books over two years, because the article is about Jack May transferring and Nee not being able to replace his scholarship because of the rule. I don't believe that rule is still in effect, but if it was Dambrot and predecessors would have broken it a few times. By my count, we awarded 13 scholarships between 2017 and 2018 and have awarded 12 scholarships over the last two years. 

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 9/12/2020 9:04 pm

luckymcd
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Thanks for finding that article Dennis. Having seen four of the five play I have to admit I'm shocked they were so highly regarded. Obviously off the court issues were their biggest problems. Of course they never got good coaching either. The talent level never seemed to be that high from what I saw either though.

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 9/11/2020 12:00 pm

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From https://iuhoosiers.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster/coaches/kenya-hunter/3004 the bio FAM referenced: "Hunter began his Division I coaching career at Duquesne, his alma mater, where he became a fulltime assistant for two seasons (1998-2000), helping the Dukes bring in the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 in 1999."

As far as I can tell, that 1999 recruiting class would have been Montgomery, Forney, Midgley, and Clark.

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 9/11/2020 8:11 am

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He was a little before my time, so I'm not all that familiar with him. He is putting together quite a resume though. It would have been nice if the Dukes had received more of that quality coaching, but until this coach I can see why he went elsewhere.

The thing that jumped out at me was the part about him helping recruit the best class in the A-10. I only saw the tail end of the their careers, so I don't know what kind of players they were in high school. Was a class of Devin Montgomery, Kevin Forney, Brad Midgley, and Chris Clark really the best in the A-10?

Men's Basketball » Are Dukes going to have a season? » 9/10/2020 4:37 pm

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levon1975 wrote:

The concern with starting any sport around Thanksgiving is the normal flu season will be gathering momentum, as it usually has a big increase in flu cases after Thanksgiving due to the the typical family/group gatherings.  Getting hit with both flu and Covid would be a deadly combination for a lot of people. 

If the players in those tournaments are in a bubble, they won't be attending those family gatherings. It would put the players in the terrible position of having to decide between team and family, but when has the NCAA ever thought things through logically?

Men's Basketball » ACC proposes all D1 teams be invited to NCAA Tournament this year » 9/10/2020 4:32 pm

luckymcd
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I'm certainly not advocating for 192. I'd agree 96 is probably a good number. I was simply saying I can't see any way that more than 192 makes sense. A 353 team tournament is completely ludicrous.

Men's Basketball » Are Dukes going to have a season? » 9/10/2020 12:46 pm

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I would think the reasoning for the start around Thanksgiving would be to allow the traditional tournaments to be played. Being that they are all set in tourist locations, they probably would be "bubble-able" if so inclined. I'm not saying it's a good idea, but that's what I imagine the logic would be. I have to agree with you that outside of a tournament situation I don't see how non-conference bubbles would work. I'm not even sure conference bubbles could work logistically. If football works without a bubble, the point would probably be rendered moot anyway.

Men's Basketball » ACC proposes all D1 teams be invited to NCAA Tournament this year » 9/10/2020 12:38 pm

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I have to say I hope it doesn't happen. If everyone makes the tournament, then why bother playing the regular season at all? Would everyone really play 15-30 games just for seeding? Plus it would ruin any attempt at historical statistics.

I can get behind expanding the tournament because of a limited regular season, but the most I could see being anything close to reasonable would be 192. The regular season would cut the field down to roughly half. Every team that has any argument at deserving to be in would be. Illinois State went 9-21 in the Missouri Valley last year and finished just outside that 192. Does anybody really think they should be in the tournament?

Men's Basketball » A10 Talk Article Good Bad & The Ugly Chris Pyle Must read » 9/03/2020 3:52 pm

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duq81 wrote:

Cancel the NIT this year, and have 96 teams in the NCAA. Give a bye to the top 32 teams. Choose the top 64 to include all auto bids. The weakest auto bid (MEAC, NEC etc.) would be the 64th seed. 65-96 are all at large. There would be 32 games, split between Tuesday, and Wednesday, to cut the field to 64 for the regular Thursday/Friday games. No Dayton this year. You're not going to try to find neutral sites for all of those Tuesday/Wednesday games, 33-64 will host. This will reduce cost, and travel for these extra games. Some will cry about having to go on the road against some crap team from the MEAC, or NEC, but those will be the bubble teams, that would have been headed to the NIT in a normal year.

I don't know if this is your idea, or one you saw somewhere I don't frequent, but it's a great one. Count me among those on board with it too. With fewer games it will be harder to know who's worthy of the bids, especially if non-conference games are eliminated. Normally the cry would be that in a year we should be playing less games we are playing more. Eliminating the NIT cancels that concern out though.

The only tweak I'd make would be the host of the games. With concern over the pandemic still very likely to be present, there needs to be some sort of central host. Obviously you can't put 96 teams in one city. I don't think having 32 sites works either though, especially since some of those hosts would inevitably be low revenue sites with the accompanying low quality infrastructure. Possibly the NCAA could throw a bone to the cities that missed out on hosting last year and have 16 first round sites instead of the usual 8.

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 8/22/2020 11:58 am

luckymcd
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apluski wrote:

Thank you for sharing your two observations regarding increased eligibility. I wholeheartedly agree with your points of discussion--to a degree.While you are correct in your facts, I believe they have nothing to do with my last post.

I cannot, and do not, assume credit for writing the PSN article on eligibilty, just as I cannot accept responsiability for what the article did not address.The PSN article stands on its own merits.

I believe I wrote nothing about the eligibilty of fall season sports vs winter eligibility sports. I also will point out that I wrote nothing about increased eligibility helping our basketball teams this year.

Sorry if I misunderstood you. You are definitely right though. If the benefits are extended to basketball as well it would have a huge impact; and we are in a position to benefit from it more than most.
 

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 8/21/2020 8:55 pm

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I don't think the increased eligibility helps us at all apulski. For starters, it is being applied to fall sports. Basketball is a winter sport. Now if (when?) Covid messes up the basketball season too we can expect the rules to be extended, but at this time it is just for fall sports. Secondly, it allows scholarships to not count against the limit for players who would have used up their eligibility. So if Hughes and company come back in 2021-22 then they wouldn't count against the limit. Assuming I am reading things correctly that would be a huge deal for us, but it wouldn't help us at all this season. As I see it we have 14 guys on scholarship, and that new rule doesn't change that at all.

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 8/21/2020 10:33 am

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levon1975 wrote:

It’s really not anyone’s business on this board! I don’t believe there is any requirement that these types of things need to be “public knowledge”. The people that need to know will know.

I would agree it doesn't have to be public knowledge. In my experience its usually pretty evident. After doing some further digging I found one additional player who is on the roster, but not listed as having signed anything official. Still that leaves 14 players who even the official Duquesne page list as having signed. I won't go any further on it in such a public forum except to add two things. If anyone wants to see the info I'd be happy to share it privately. I hope we are doing things the right way. Dambrot certainly isn't perfect, but I've been very pleased with the program since he took over. I hope that doesn't change.

Men's Basketball » Roster updated finally(correctly this time?) » 8/20/2020 8:46 pm

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It's great to have an official roster, but did we ever get any answers about scholarships? It seems to me we are not one, but two over the limit. We have 17 guys on the roster. Buono and Cole-Williams are walk-ons. How are we getting down to the limit of 13?

Men's Basketball » Question From The Rotroff Interview » 6/23/2020 10:45 am

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Being that the interviewer was mainly focused on Rotroff being a local kid done good I suspect he just looked at the roster that's available, which is still last years, and was counting Steele and Ellis as the 6'11 guys. Given the tone of the interview I'd be shocked if he even knew who Mounir Hima was.

Men's Basketball » Are there Cooper Updates? » 6/18/2020 8:46 pm

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Thanks for the share gjgsr. It's nice to see the real thing rather than just sketches. Obviously there's still a long way to go, but it really looks nice. I'm even more excited now, as it looks like it will be a legit A-10 facility.

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