Dukes Full Schedule Released

PITTSBURGH - A late-January three-game homestand against St. Bonaventure, George Washington and Massachusetts highlights the Atlantic 10 2007-08 Duquesne University men's basketball schedule released Friday.



The Dukes open conference play at home for the first time in eight years when the Fordham Rams visit the Palumbo Center on Wed., Jan. 9. Duquesne then hits the road for games at Rhode Island (Jan. 13) and Fordham (Jan. 19) before closing out the month with consecutive home games against St. Bonaventure (Jan. 23), George Washington (Jan. 26) and Massachusetts (Jan. 30).

February home games include Saint Joseph's (Feb. 6), Richmond (Feb. 16) and La Salle (Feb. 24). The Dukes will face St. Bonaventure (Feb. 2), La Salle (Feb. 9), Dayton (Feb. 13) and Xavier (Feb. 21) on the road.

DU begins March with back-to-back games at Charlotte (Mar. 2) and Temple (Mar. 5) before closing out the regular season against Saint Louis at home on Mar. 8.

The top 12 conference finishers will qualify for the 32nd Atlantic 10 Championship, scheduled for March 12-15 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Duquesne, which completed the school's first-ever foreign tour with a 4-0 record against a series of Canadian teams over Labor Day weekend, opens the season at home on Nov. 9 vs. Howard.

Overall, DU will play six total games against teams that made post-season appearances last year. Non-conference opponents Niagara and Pittsburgh along with A-10 members George Washington and Xavier all advanced to the NCAA tournament, while non-league foe West Virginia and Massachusetts of the A-10 were in last year's NIT.

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2007-08 SCHEDULE QUICK NOTES

  • The 14 Atlantic 10 teams compete in one division. Each team faces three opponents (Forham, La Salle and St. Bonaventure) twice and the other 10 once in a 16-game schedule. Duquesne's home-and-home opponents for the third straight year are Fordham, La Salle and St. Bonaventure.
  • This marks the first time since the 1999-00 season that Duquesne will open Atlantic 10 play with a home game (Jan. 9 vs. Fordham).
  • The Atlantic 10 television schedule - which is carried by CSTV - will be announced at a later date.
  • DU will play a pair of 2006-07 NCAA tournament teams at home (Niagara on Nov. 24 and Pitt on Dec. 5) and one NIT team (West Virginia on Dec. 8) on the road in non-conference play. Three non-conference opponents won 20 or more games (Niagara, Pitt and West Virginia) and three finished either first or second in their conference in 2006-07 (Niagara, Oakland and Pitt).
  • Duquesne's appearance in the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Iowa Realty Drake Tournament marks its first in-season tournament since the 2004-05 NABC Classic at Albuquerque, N.M. Duquesne will face Cal State Northridge in the first round. Host Drake and North Carolina Central round out the tournament.
  • The Dukes will not have more than two consecutive road games and will have a pair of three-game homestands.
  • Howard, Winston-Salem State, Cal State Northridge and South Carolina Upstate are all first-time opponents for Duquesne.


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