Duquesne Dukes Basketball Schedule
Each year when the college basketball season gets underway there are few gyms
in the country that have a level of energy that can compare to A.J. Palumbo Center, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home of the
Duquesne Dukes. Last season was quite a struggle for the Dukes who finished near the bottom of the Atlantic 10 standings after
going 5-11 in the conference. Duquesne should be markedly improved this season especially with one of the school's leading
scorers and passers in Micah Mason returning for his junior year. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the 2014-2015 Duquesne
Dukes team as they look to turn things around and make a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1977.
Dukes will have their hands full once again this year as they go up against all of the best teams in the Atlantic 10 including
the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, the George Washington Colonials, the St. Louis Billikens, and the St Joseph's Hawks. A strong
core of returning players should help the Dukes improve upon last year's results and make a big move up the conference standings
as they pull off some big upsets. Duquesne will need all of the help they can get from their fans when playing at A.J. Palumbo
Center so be sure to get your tickets to cheer on the Dukes from StubHub as soon as possible so you can choose from among
the best seats in the house.
Duquesne Dukes Basketball History
The Duquesne Dukes have a long and proud
history of college basketball and enjoyed a great deal of success, particularly in their early years. The Dukes have played
in the NCAA Tournament five times, making it all the way to the Final Four in 1940 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1969. They also
have won their conference tournament in 1977 and won back to back conference regular season titles in 1980 and 1981. This
is an exciting time for the Duquesne Dukes as they appear as though they could be on their way to a return to their glory
Duquesne Dukes Basketball Conference
The Duquesne Dukes are members of the Atlantic 10 which has
long been one of the truly great conferences in the country. The A-10 had often been underrated by those not very familiar
with college basketball but with its addition of some new great teams in recent years it has become a conference that is impossible
to overlook. There are fourteen universities who participate in Atlantic 10 basketball: St. Louis, Virginia Commonwealth,
George Washington, Saint Joseph's, Massachusetts, La Salle, Dayton, Richmond, Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, George
Mason, Davidson, and Fordham. There are several classic rivalries within the conference including the cross-town rivalry between
La Salle and Saint Joe's who are both former Big 5 members, the in-state rivalry between VCU and Richmond, and the "Battle
of the Rams" between Rhode Island and Fordham. With the recent additions of teams like Davidson, Virginia Commonwealth, and
Saint Louis look for new rivalries to develop within the conference as these teams continually to face off against one another
several times a year during A-10 play. If you are looking to see some top notch college basketball action, the Atlantic 10
is the place to be. As the conference continues to grow and gain more and more national attention, every team in the conference
will improve and not only make a mark on the conference but the national college hoops landscape.
a top college basketball game is one of the best experiences to be found in sports. Many of the top student athletes in the
world take the court in college basketball, when this is combined with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports there
is an atmosphere in the arena that cannot be found anywhere else. When you set foot in A.J. Palumbo Center for a Duquesne
Dukes home basketball game this will all be clear. As the teams set up for opening jump ball the fans get on their feet and
loudly cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites. The game continues full of end to end action, big time shots, and
clutch defensive stops. All of a sudden the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet
another tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team
lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Dukes'
side erupts after another big win and their fans exit of the arena in jubilation. The moment you leave A.J. Palumbo Center
you will want to immediately start planning your next trip to the venue to cheer on the Dukes.
Duquesne Duke Chuck Cooper became the first African American drafted into the NBA when the Boston Celtics selected him in
the 1950 NBA Draft.