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Men's Basketball » 6 Questions with no answers?? Inquiring minds want to know… » 5/06/2022 11:20 pm

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Besides doing well in Europe, Lewis is a also Duquesne grad.  He finished his degree in 2021 with a double major in psychology and communications.  Good for him!

Basketball Recruiting » Dukes Sign Grant » 5/04/2022 9:42 pm

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Before we declare the Dukes the A10 champs, let's remember their success will be predicated on how well they play together - something sorely lacking last year.  With the incoming backcourt, the guard play should definitely improve.  However, no one player is going to turn this thing around.  Remember that Grant was honorable mention at guard last season.  But, Sincere Carry was 1st team and league MVP while Lamar Norman was a third team selection.  

Men's Basketball » 6 Questions with no answers?? Inquiring minds want to know… » 5/02/2022 12:20 am

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FAM wrote:

Thoughts from afar…
-As their leading scorer, I wish I knew why Grant left Miami to come to Duquesne…
-In the same manner I wish I knew why “some” of our players left the last two years…
-Last year, Dambrot said (before the season started) that this was his best team ever… Yet he never said he really screwed up saying that. What will he say this year?
-If there was ever a hopeful year before the season started, it was last year. Yet there were many season tickets not sold nor was there a sellout in the first couple of home games before folks saw how bad the team was. How many ticket holders will not come back this year?
-Is there another Division I mens bball team with the same coaches for as many years as Duquesnes?
— Last but not least, will Harper care enough to lower the music in the Coop next year so you can actually hear the person next to you???

Inquiring minds want to know…

The paper from Lorain (Grant's home) quotes Grant as saying he was transferring due to a coaching change at Miami. 

Men's Basketball » Hima in Portal » 4/27/2022 9:44 pm

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It appears that Duquesne lost 68% of its scoring to the transfer portal.  The only other A10 team with a worse % was LaSalle at 87% (understandable with a new coach).  The top teams in the league - Davidson, Dayton, Bonaventure and Richmond are at 25% or fewer.  I can't see how you are going to throw all these new players together and generate the team chemistry you see with mature rosters.  I'd love to be wrong.  But, I think we are going to have another poor year.  Maybe we win 7 games?

Men's Basketball » Spears in Portal » 4/19/2022 2:31 pm

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I expected this for some time.  I was only surprised by the fact that it took him so long to enter the portal.  When he saw the number of guards being recruited, and with Clark joining, the potential to add Dae Dae Grant, and then the signing of MGriff was the last straw.  He could see his minutes would be cut severely next year, and with good reason.  That team had no chemistry, and he was not able to involve the other players the way a quality A10 point guard should.  Sorry to see him go, but I think we will be better for it.  We certainly can't get any worse.   

Men's Basketball » Tyson Acuff.... » 4/01/2022 9:00 pm

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Tejas_Duke wrote:

Yeah can't wait for the next bunch of guy who never played together and hear Dambrot talk about his "greatest team ever."

And followed by (after the first 10 losses) "We're one of the youngest teams in the country.  But, by the A10 tourney we will be a tough out".

 

Basketball Recruiting » Kareem Rozier Commits To Duquesne » 3/31/2022 5:31 pm

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No disrespect to Kareem Rozier.  He would be a great guard in the MAC.  But, in the A10 he is going to go against taller players.  Watch his defense from the YouTube link below.  He can forget driving to the basket in the A10.  His passing would be helpful, but at 5'9", he needs to play better defense or we're in for another long season.  I would have been more encouraged if we got someone like John Blackwell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YQcMrVf41g

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - George Washington University Colonials (A) » 3/04/2022 12:11 am

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During the GW game, one of the ESPN announcers made a comment that "the Dukes are taking good shots... they just can't get them to go in." 
Do you think anyone on the current staff realizes that one of the best 3 point shooters in NCAA history is still in the Pittsburgh area and, evidently, still operating a basketball clinic?  I've often wondered why Duquesne doesn't contract with Micah Mason to work with the team in the off-season. 

It would probably serve them better than having a 'brand coach'.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Davidson College Wildcats (H) » 2/23/2022 10:23 pm

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CLK wrote:

It looks like Dambrot and staff will be back next year. If anyone heard the pregame interview Dambrot acknowledged that this team does not have the talent to compete and that he will be rebuilding again for next year. He said that his and staff are in a full rebuilding mode.

I repeat a comment I made earlier - 'how in the world did he misjudge the talent on this team so badly - calling it the best he had since his coming to Duquesne?'  He's right.  He needs to be in a full rebuilding mode.  But I don't have any confidence he can produce any better than last year - unless he shakes up his staff.  How do you compete in the A10 without a decent #5?   Last season, there was a focus on getting knock down 3-point shooters and point guards, and we still need them!  Ayers is streaky and Easley's shot is too flat.  We don't have a true power forward, and no one seems capable of catching the ball in traffic near the hoop.  Even Williams has trouble.  How many times has he turned the ball over on passes this year?  The offensive sets are poor - stand still, pass the ball, the first guy open - put up a 30-foot shot.  One of the better offensive plays tonight was Bekelja's no look behind the back pass to Easly for a wide-open look.  The defense was better tonight.  But I still see players who will not take a charge.  

KD gets paid a substantial sum for coaching this team and I'm sure his recruiting budget was increased when he took over.  He has no excuse, particularly if he doesn't address the talent for next year.  If he is having trouble evaluating players, get some new blood in there to help.

Sorry for venting... 1-13 does that to me.
 

Men's Basketball » Team has checked out » 2/22/2022 11:32 pm

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A83 wrote:

stew wrote:

Levon you got it right , For Duquesne its too little too late,45years of blundering toward basketball and
this is the program you get for pissing around with little committment.Duquesne needs to own it and
realize going to a lesser conference might be good for everybody

As the late DU81 said, moving to a lower conference in no way guarantees success. And so then your stronger players aren’t poached by the P5. They are poached by the A10, MVC and Mountain West.

You want to see an empty arena have the big conference game be Canisius.

Didn't we try that back in '93?  Maybe what became the Horizon Conference would take us back?  Right now we could be fighting it out with IUPUI (which with their conference record of 1-14 would allow us to be competitive).  

Change conferences... no thank you.

Men's Basketball » Team has checked out » 2/19/2022 8:24 pm

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Even if a change is not made, there will still be a mass exodus.  I heard a comment on the radio broadcast  that these players need to be playing for their scholarships - 'in case the coach want to make some changes next year'.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - George Washington University Colonials (H) » 2/17/2022 10:57 am

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I do think that individually there is talent on this team.  But, collectively it is a different story.  Ernie Shavers once said "different fighters make for different fights".  This was his explanation for the unanticipated outcomes in heavyweight matchups - Frazier beats Ali (1st fight), loses to Foreman (2nd round), Ali takes out Foreman in 8.  Composition matters, particularly in a team sport like basketball.  It seems to me the present composition of the Dukes is comprised of too many 'finesse' players.  Ayers and Easley are not very physical.  Williams is the closest.  But, even he scores mostly with spin moves and hooks around the basket.  You don't see lobs, breakaways or slams with this team.  I've watched a few SMU games where Marcus Weathers is a beast.  He has great hands, catches the ball in traffic low in the post, and when double teamed can power his way through for a slam.  I hope that next year one or two players of this type can join the team to restore some balance.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Davidson College Wildcats (A) » 2/14/2022 9:10 pm

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Ironduke81 wrote:

Hima got his standard 3 minutes. 2 rebounds altered shots steal & 2 points.I don’t get it.

I don't understand why Hima doesn't start each game ... at least so that he is in there early to just handle the jump ball.  I don't recall Tre winning any of those, and I don't think he has the length to be effective.  

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Fordham Rams (H) » 2/12/2022 9:14 pm

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NapaDuke wrote:

I was there at the game tonight. On the positive side, plenty of parking. On the bad side, we never had the lead.  I have one good suggestion to get the Coop packed for next game. Offer free beer. (Just kidding). In the row in front of me were about 6 or 7 recruits. I'm not sure what their take of coming here would be after watching this. I would imagine that finding good recruits starts to get hard after a season like this. But who knows.

I hope they were all 6' 11" and 255.  Please don't say they were all point guards.  

This team does not have a leader, someone who puts this team on his shoulders.  The minute they begin to fall behind, everyone starts to play playground ball.  And, the further behind they fall, the worse it gets.  Their play goes back and forth from tentative to out of control.  If someone tries to pass, it is either wildly off target or bounces off a surprised recipient's hands and leads to a turnover.  What happened to our ability to play above the rim?  In past years, we used to lob it a few times each game to go for the slam.  After 8 games like this, you would expect to see some improvement.  I agree with FAM, I think another exodus is coming, and it really doesn't matter.

Finally, Dambrot looks like he is going to explode.  If he stays, it will be interesting to see what he changes.

 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Dayton Flyers (A) » 2/10/2022 4:33 pm

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PistolPete wrote:

Excellent points Indy and Napa - couldn't agree more!!  Question, Indy who is the Williams you are referring to as I can't remember?

Pistol - Eric Williams, Jr. Another one of our gottaways...
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Dayton Flyers (A) » 2/10/2022 1:31 pm

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A couple of quotes from Dambrot which were listed in the latest Trib article -

“We’re just too small, and we don’t have enough playmaking abilities,” Dambrot said. 

“We need a couple of skilled guys in the backcourt — long, skilled guys — and we need a center. That would free up some of the others to play in their natural positions.”


Gee.. ya think?  How did he misjudge his picks from the transfer portal so badly?  It would sure be nice to have a Marcus Weathers who put up 27 points against Wichita in a recent game... or even a Tydus Verhoeven (remember him?) who is now 6'9" and 235 and just put up 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 A and 2 Blk against Florida International.  And, that doesn't include Williams, Baker, Harris or Kelly who seemed pretty long and had some skills.  But, you could not win with them because they didn't have the right 'attitude'.  Well, maybe it's the coach's attitude that needs to change.  

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - University of Dayton Flyers (A) » 2/09/2022 8:37 pm

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Well, the Dukes really exposed their shortcomings tonight.  But, on a positive note, at least stew did not have to reveal his.
 

Men's Basketball » I'm here to Win Championships » 2/06/2022 3:35 pm

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Who would have thought in year 5 and at this point in the season, I would be wishing we could be as good as Fordham...

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Virginia Commonwealth University Rams » 2/05/2022 6:28 pm

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Even though JJ was 0 for 6, I'd still rather take my chances with him at the end versus Tre putting up 3s.

Just my opinion.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Virginia Commonwealth University Rams » 2/05/2022 6:13 pm

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Why isn't Jackie in during the last 2 minutes when they needed 3's?

Between Hima not getting in when they needed to stop VCU's attacking the rim and JJ missing at the end when they needed 3's, I don't understand ...

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Virginia Commonwealth University Rams » 2/05/2022 5:29 pm

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phil95 wrote:

I didn't catch any pre-game. Is there a reason Hima isn't playing?

Yes, why is Larson playing instead of Hima?  We could use the help around the rim.
 

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Richmond Spiders » 2/04/2022 11:42 pm

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It doesn't really help us, but Richmond beat Bonaventure by 10 points tonight.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - Richmond Spiders » 2/02/2022 5:09 am

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Postgame after Richmond: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlhiQO9f-X8

Question - Where's Andy Barba?  Are we going to glue him to the bench the way the way we did Hima? When recruited, he was supposedly a pretty good shooter.  We could have used some of that last night.  This season is lost.  Let's work on developing the players.   
 

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