Dukes Announce 2009-10 Non-Conference Lineup

PITTSBURGH - An appearance in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic and annual games against local NCAA tournament participants Pitt, West Virginia and Robert Morris highlight the list of Duquesne's 2009-10 non-conference men's basketball opponents released today.

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    Half of DU's 14 non-conference foes won 20 or more games last season, with three ranked among the NCAAs Top 20 most-improved from a year ago.

    The Dukes open the season at home on Nov. 13 against a Nicholls State team that finished last season as the nation's fourth-most improved team at 20-11, before playing at Iowa in the opening round of the CBE Classic. Following the Iowa game, DU will head to Cullowhee, N.C. to face Illinois-Chicago, Binghamton and Western Carolina in a three-day stretch from Nov. 23-25 at one of two CBE Classic regional sites.

    Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh to play back-to-back games against NCAA tournament teams when it faces Radford (Nov. 29) and Pitt (Dec. 2). Radford returns four starters from a team that was the fifth-most improved among NCAA Division I schools.

    DU will honor one of its all-time greats with the Chuck Cooper Classic on Dec. 5. The event will consist of a doubleheader with West Virginia State hosting Davis & Elkins followed by Duquesne's game against Savannah State. Cooper, whose jersey was retired at Duquesne in 2001, officially integrated professional basketball when he was drafted by the NBA Boston Celtics in April of 1950. Cooper, who was an All-American for DU in 1950, began his college career at West Virginia State before enlisting in the military during World War II.

    A trip to West Virginia on Dec. 9 begins another two-game stretch against 2009 NCAA tournament teams as the Dukes return home to host Robert Morris on Dec. 12.

    The Duquesne men and women will host Canisius in a Wednesday night doubleheader on Dec. 16. DU heads to Indianapolis to face IUPUI on Dec. 19 before a pre-Christmas home game against Saint Francis, Pa. on Dec. 22.

    The Dukes close out the non-conference portion of the schedule on Dec. 30 at CIT Champion Old Dominion. The Monarchs, who have made five straight postseason appearances, return all five starters from a team that won 10 of its final 11 games.

    Remaining dates and times for the non-conference games as well as the Atlantic 10 schedule will be released at a later date.

    Fourth-year head coach Ron Everhart returns four starters from a team that posted the school's most wins since 1971 last season (21-13) on the way to ending a 14-year postseason drought with a National Invitation Tournament appearance. Everhart will take a roster that includes just one senior into the 2009-10 season.

    "With five NCAA tournament teams, the majority of whom have a lot of players returning, this is the most challenging non-conference schedule I've ever faced," said Everhart who is beginning his 16th season as a head coach. "This will be a tremendous test for what is still a young basketball team. It is a demanding schedule both opponent and travel-wise and will be great preparation for Atlantic 10 play."

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