North Carolina Central University hits the road for the 12th time this season to take on Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pennsylvania will be the 10th state NCCU has played in this season (North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Arkansas, Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania). The Eagles will visit 14 different states this season after playing in 13 different states a year ago. NCCU is in its second season as a Division I program.
This will be the first meeting between NCCU and Duquesne.
After the Christmas break, NCCU travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to challenge the University of Michigan Wolverines on Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m.
THE EAGLES' COACH
Henry Dickerson (Morris Harvey, 1973) is in his fifth season as head coach at North Carolina Central and enters the contest with a 43-84 record at NCCU and a 115-157 career record. Dickerson arrived at N.C. Central in 2004-05 after a five-year stint as head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he was 72-73 and won two Southern Conference divisional titles from 1997-2002. He also served as associate head coach at Chattanooga from 1989-97, and held assistant coaching positions at Marshall from 1983-89 and Charleston from 1979-83.
ABOUT THE DUQUESNE DUKES
Duquesne is one of the youngest teams in the nation with eight scholarship freshmen and 12 underclassmen. The Dukes and fellow Atlantic 10 member Saint Louis are the only schools in NCAA Division I with eight scholarship freshmen. After a 4-0 start, Duquesne has dropped four of its last five games. Last season, the Dukes won 17 games, the most victories since 1993-94 (17-13).