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Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Richmond Spiders » 1/07/2023 8:57 pm

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Hey guys, it’s been a nice ride on the board, but I think I’m going to take a break for some time (if not forever).  I’ve enjoyed the conversations but ultimately I think this message board just tends to get me angry and upset.  I feel like the negatively abounds, even when we win, and I’ve enjoyed this year a lot.  I think we have a legit shot to win the A10 tournament, and if we ever do somehow make it to the Dance, I’ll be there!  You can find me on Twitter from here on out tweeting sometimes during the games!

Go Dukes!

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Richmond Spiders » 1/07/2023 8:27 pm

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Easily the worst officated game I have seen in a long time.  

 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Virginia Commonwealth University Rams » 1/06/2023 2:46 pm

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Styles1229 wrote:

grammudder wrote:

KD is way too polite to say one of his players is/was a stiff.  Hima fit that mold unfortunately.  Look at his stats at Syracuse and you will see an almost exact duplicate of his competency/incompetency level of last year.  He's gone!  Forget him and wish him the best.  But, don't belabor the point  and criticize  coach KD for not using a player who made absolutely no difference in the plus side of Duquesne's record last year.  I think if he had stayed, he'd most likely  be behind Barre and Dixon for play time. The progression of both of the current freshman big men-Dixon and Barre- should speak volumes as to KD's ability to coach up a player.

All I will say to this is: KD is a lot things both good and bad but "too polite" is not one of them.  

I could link about 20 videos where Keith blames himself for the performance of last years team.  That said, move on and hopefully we can agree that objectively, last year was an outlier season for Dambrot.  

I also want to point out that I think the Hiring of Dru Joyce III was brilliant and that he will really help us going forward.  If you watch the games he is EXTREMELY engaged.

Men's Basketball » Building student interest in the basketball program » 1/05/2023 8:36 pm

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You guys make some valid points. I was a massive college basketball fan who went to games at a Bryce Jordan during the deeet 16 run with the Crispin Brothers.  I remember being blown away that we got to go to division 1 basketball games for free, against teams with players like Jameer Nelson no less (smooth move firing Marteli btw St. Joes).

When I started the Crew up I was obsessed with the organization.  I spent lots of time reaching out to complete strangers and then employed people like Face to get the fans fired up and doing the Mossie cheer. 

There is definitely something ti be said about going to one game.  The coop is beautiful so students should want to go.  It seems to be getting better so let’s hope the team continues to win to build the momentum!

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Dayton Flyers » 12/28/2022 9:28 pm

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CityDuke wrote:

We have the highest scoring offense in the league going into tonight. They have the best defense in the league. Let’s not overreact

You want this message board to not overreact?  Good luck.

Men's Basketball » Duquesne Long Term Look » 12/23/2022 9:56 am

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I honestly can't believe how bad the A10 is this year.  So many losses to rough teams.  We need strong teams like St Louis, Dayton, and Loyola to be consistently good so the A10 can remain a 3-4 bid league.  I think the league made some awesome hires last year (Namely Miller and Martin), so I am hopeful that the future is bright.  Just takes a couple years.  

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - DePaul University Blue Demons » 12/14/2022 9:05 pm

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Good win.  It's worth noting that a lot of the A10 have had terrible losses during the Nonconference as well, definitely worse losses than Marshall (who I could see being an NCAAT team).  I see this team winning around 20 games, and I honestly think ANYONE can win the A10 tournamane this year.  Hell, maybe even Fordham.  

The best takeaway from this game was that we lead for almost the entire game, and that we bounced back from two games where we couldn't make a bucket.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos » 11/29/2022 10:00 pm

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I know it's sort of blasphemy to even say this, but I swear that Dae Dae looked like Steph Curry on some of his threes tonight.  Also, the play where he drove and made that absurd pass to Brewer who drained the three was ::Chef's Kiss::

 

Men's Basketball » This season so far » 11/25/2022 8:44 am

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If we finish 24-7 and land on the bubble I will be living on cloud nine.  I think its like we end up 10-3 going into conference play.  We will see.  

Men's Basketball » Play the games at Duquesne High school » 11/23/2022 9:43 pm

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Stew,
  I hate to disagree but Pittsburgh is not a college basketball town when the teams haven't proven themselves.  Even when Everhart had the crazy attendance rhode island game, it was only AFTER the team went on a roll.  If the Dukes keep winning, people will show up.  Look at Pitt.  They can't get anyone in the Pete either.  When the attendance does grow, The Coop will be the perfect arena for us.  

It's worth noting that the Pirates have the nicest field in baseball, have like 6 million different marketing ploys per year, and still have low attendance when they are bad (like now).  It takes time.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Colgate Raiders » 11/18/2022 8:11 pm

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This was a very nice win.  No chance we finish last in the A10.  Colgate made the NCAA tournament the last 2 seasons.  

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - South Carolina State University Bulldogs » 11/15/2022 7:30 pm

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I was at the game (travelled from Altoona) and was pleased with the way the team played.  This is the first Duquesne team in a long time where I feel confident we will beat lesser teams.  Even the 20 win teams had some games where they had to make heroic comebacks and thus far we haven't seen that.  Still, the sample size is small.  

Also, this video on Rozier I found on youtube does a nice job at giving an inside look at the Dukes.  Dambrot, Charles Thomas, and Dru Joyce (who I think was a HUGE addition) give insights.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nVX3NlOsno&t=244s&ab_channel=BigGuard

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Kentucky Wildcats » 11/11/2022 8:24 pm

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The Zone has looked pretty effective honestly.  The effort has been really impressive too.  The jump balls alone show how much we are diving for balls and trying.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Kentucky Wildcats » 11/11/2022 8:00 pm

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First of all, let's try not to overeact to this game tonight like we tend to do.  That said, this Kentucky team is SOOO long and it's causing our guys to play out of sorts.  Hopefully they calm down during the second half and keep it respectable.

Men's Basketball » I guess we have a mascot again » 6/18/2022 9:44 am

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Styles1229 wrote:

They explained the reasoning for the Lion a year ago. I have no problem with it. Change is good.

https://youtu.be/NCZW_rB0iH0

Very true.  Plus, we haven't had a true mascot identity before so if you want to start fresh, now is the time I suppose.  It's funny because I love the Lion Logo, but just don't dig the mascot.  Hopefully that will change.in time, especially if we win.

Men's Basketball » I guess we have a mascot again » 6/17/2022 4:20 pm

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Definitely not a fan of this... Blue Lion.  I really really like the new D, and feel the complete opposite about the lion.  Honestly, they should have just reused that badass Duke from the 1970s and called it a day.  That said, I don't care a lick about the mascot and I guess if kids like him, then I'm fine with it.  All I care about is the Lion actually being at the game.

Men's Basketball » Commissioner McGlade A10 open to expanding league to 16. » 5/07/2022 2:56 pm

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Econ69 wrote:

What about Iona?

No thanks.  We have Fordham to fill the NYC market and Iona is one coach away from being bad again. Cluees was great and so is Pitino obviously, but they don't offer more than Murray State or Belmont IMO who have performed at higher levels. I would trade Iona for Fordham in a heartbeat.  I do, however, have a soft spot for Fordham despite them being awful.  

Men's Basketball » Commissioner McGlade A10 open to expanding league to 16. » 5/07/2022 2:33 pm

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I think Wichita State will be poached by the BE to give them 12 once they realize they can't get Gonzaga.  

Of the remaining schools, I'd rank them thus:
1.  Murray State - Best MVC team, Rabid fans, Not a huge city - Nice Arena.  
2. Belmont  - Moving to MVC but consistent winner, New Practice Facility coming, Good city/Fans. Small Religious school.

3.  Not interested

Detroit is not worth the add and brings almost nothing, especially since Dickie V won't be broadcasting for much longer.  

Men's Basketball » Roster 2022-2023, Are Dambrot supporters still here ? » 4/26/2022 8:23 am

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I’ve stated my belief  before that Dambrot definitely deserves another year, possibly two for stability.  If that doesn’t work, grab Kenya Hunter.  However, some things that give me optimism:
1.  The recruits this year seem
To be higher caliber than normal with offers from better schools.  If all of them sign (I expect they will), and if we can add Grant or Brewer (or better yet, both), then I expect us to be a much improved team.
2. I think the A10 is portioning itself to be the strongest it has been in years.  With Miller and Martin plus Dumphry (not sure if that hire is good or not. He may be gassed), not to mention Loyola Chicago, I truly believe we should be a consistent 4 bid league if things go as I hope.  If that happens, it means being middle of the pack can get NIT invites and that we don’t have to perform at such a high lvl to make the ncaa tournament. 
3.  I believe the in person recruiting will hopefully help us evaluate talent.

I may be wrong, but I am an eternal optimist so I’ll be rooting as hard as ever.  I also don’t begrudge those of you who don’t believe in the team and administration, that’s what forums are for!  Time will tell!

Basketball Recruiting » Quincy Mcgriff Commitment » 4/18/2022 8:19 pm

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Awesome news.  With Clark and McGriff we at least have a decent backcourt.  I wish we had Primo as well, but if we can somehow add Dae Dae Grant to go along with them (and thiero for Good measure) I think our backcourt will be very very strong.  Clark and Grant would be outstanding together IMO.

Basketball Recruiting » 6 2 Guard Visiting » 4/15/2022 7:16 am

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If by some miracle we land Grant and McGriff then I will be completely satisfied with our recruiting.  I don't think we need a huge lumbering center as I believe that Hima, Barre, and Rotroff are more than capable of handling the center in the A10.  

Men's Basketball » No more excuses » 4/14/2022 2:20 pm

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Face wrote:

Maybe they got sick of the tone.

Anyone who doesn't think the current iteration of transfer portal didn't kill CBB for all but the blue bloods is on something spicy.
 

100% agree.  Why login to the board to read negative comments when I already felt awful about the season?  It's like kicking a dead horse.  That said, I do think some coaches have adjusted much better to the drastically changing landscape, and Dambrot has struggled here.  When his strategy used to be to load up on 4 year players, you obviously need to adjust that plan.  I think the average team is losing like 5-6 players a season to transfers now.  Hell, Pitt is getting like one player back!

Face, hope you are doing well!  We need to meet up for a game sometime soon!

Basketball Recruiting » Duquesne Offers Adou Thiero » 4/12/2022 8:09 pm

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Mike Ignelsi wrote:

Don’t tell me comedy is dead at Duquesne!   Satire my friend. Read it again.

Thank you Mike.  Knee, I was 100% being sarcastic.  I do, however, hope that He chooses to come to Duquesne as he can shine here.

Basketball Recruiting » Signing Period Starts Wednesday April 13th » 4/12/2022 7:28 am

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Listen, I know that we value large guards, but we shouldn't sleep on Rozier.  He is a very good guard who played on a talented team.  He was absolutely clutch during their playoffs, shoots a good 3 ball, has a great handle,.and passes well.  TDM did fine and from what I can tell, Rozier's court vision is miles better than him, and he doesn't look as streaky either.

Basketball Recruiting » Duquesne Offers Adou Thiero » 3/26/2022 9:44 pm

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Adou got an offer from Kentucky today.  Although Duquesne and Kentucky are both similar types of programs and synonymous with success, I'm guessing he ends up with Calipari.  

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