In addition to the ESPN2 game, set for Sunday, Feb. 21, the Dukes will appear in five other televised games as part of the league's package.
DU's Jan. 28 game at Xavier will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports. In addition, the Jan. 9 game at Dayton, the Jan. 31 home game versus Saint Joseph's, the Feb. 11 home game against Massachusetts and the Feb. 17 game at Charlotte will also be televised as part of CBS College Sports Regional Syndication package.
"It is great for Duquesne basketball, especially the young men in our program, to be recognized," said head coach Ron Everhart. "It is also a credit to our administration and athletics staff for putting us in a position to become more visable. Our players and staff have worked hard to get to where we are and we hope to see more opportunities for exposure for both our program and the University as a whole as we continue to grow."
The Dukes open the conference season against Richmond on Wednesday, Jan. 6 before making the first of their six conference TV appearances at Dayton on Jan. 9. January home games include Saint Louis (Jan. 13), St. Bonaventure (Jan. 23) and Saint Joseph's (Jan. 31). January road games include Jan. 20 at Rhode Island and the nationally televised clash with Xavier on Jan. 28.
The Dukes open the month of February with back-to-back road games at Temple (Feb. 3) and George Washington (Feb. 6) before returning for home games against UMass (Feb. 11) and La Salle (Feb. 14). DU is at Charlotte on Feb. 17, before returning home to face Dayton in DU's first ESPN2 home game since Jan. 23, 2001 vs. George Washington.
The month of February ends with a game at Saint Louis (Feb. 27). The Dukes conclude the regular season at St. Bonaventure on March 3 and at home against Fordham on March. 6.
The top 12 conference finishers will qualify for the 34th Atlantic 10 Championship, scheduled for March 9-14. The top four seeds will advance to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. and will begin play on Friday, March 12. Seeds 5-8 will host games on Tuesday, March 9, with the winners advancing to Atlantic City.
The 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship title game will be televised nationally by CBS on Sunday, March 14.
Including non-conference nationally televised games vs Iowa (ESPNU in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic) and Pitt (Dec. 2 at Mellon Arena), the Dukes are guaranteed a minimum of eight television appearances.
Duquesne, which opens the season at home on Nov. 13 vs. Nicholls State, will face an Atlantic 10-tying high five NCAA tournament teams in non-conference play in Binghamton, Pitt, Radford, Robert Morris and West Virginia). La Salle is the only other conference school that will face as many 2008-09 NCAA tournament teams in non-league play.
In all, the Dukes will face 11 teams (12 games) against teams that made post-season appearances last year (eight NCAA, one NIT, one CBI and one CIT).
Game times and the complete schedule for the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic will be announced soon.
Season Ticket plans - beginning at $75 dollars including the Pitt game - are on sale now. For more information call 412-232-DUKE (3853).
- NOTE: The schedule will be published on the GoDuquesne web site under the "schedule/results" section of the men's basketball page when it is completed.
- The Dukes are scheduled to appear on TV a minimum of eight times, including four times as part of national telecasts. Three of the games will emanate from the A.J. Palumbo Center (Jan. 31 vs. Saint Joseph's, Feb. 11 vs. UMass and Feb. 21 vs. Dayton).
- Duquesne's Feb. 21 ESPN2 game against Dayton marks DU's first ESPN2 home game since Jan. 23, 2001 vs. George Washington.
- This will be the third consecutive year the Dukes will open the Atlantic 10 season at home. The Dukes opened A-10 play on the road seven times in a row from 2000-01 through 2006-07.
- DU will not play more than two consecutive home, road or neutral-site games during the regular season.
- Only one other Atlantic 10 school - La Salle - will face as many 2008-09 NCAA tournament teams (five) in non-conference play as Duquesne.