Duquesne Dukes men's basketball

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Duquesne Dukes
2014–15 Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team
Duquesne Dukes athletic logo
University Duquesne University
Conference Atlantic 10
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Head coach Jim Ferry (2nd year)
Arena A. J. Palumbo Center
(Capacity: 4,406)
Nickname Dukes
Colors

Blue and Red

            
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
1940
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1940
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1969
NCAA Tournament appearances
1940, 1952, 1969, 1971, 1977
Conference tournament champions
1977
Conference regular season champions
1980, 1981

The Duquesne Dukes represent Duquesne University in college basketball. The team, which started in 1914, has only ever played in NCAA Division I and has had five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Dukes play in the Atlantic 10 Conference, of which they have been members since 1976 (minus the 1992–93, which the Dukes were single-season members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference).

Overview[edit]

The Dukes men's basketball team has had great success over the years, playing twice in national championship games in the 1950s and winning the National Invitation Tournament championship in 1955. Duquesne also won the 1976–77 Eastern Collegiate Basketball League championship (the forerunner to the Eastern Athletic Association, now known as the Atlantic 10 Conference) and 1979–80 and 1980–81 Eastern Athletic Association regular season co-championships.

Duquesne is the only school to have back-to-back first overall picks in the National Basketball Association Draft (Dick Ricketts by the Saint Louis Hawks in 1955 and Sihugo Green by the Rochester Royals in 1956). The Dukes men's basketball program can also claim the first African-American player selected in an NBA draft (Chuck Cooper by the Boston Celtics in 1950). The 1939–40 Dukes basketball team finished with a 20–3 record and appeared in the Final Four of both the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

Duquesne has had the most Atlantic 10 scoring champions in conference history.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The history of basketball at Duquesne University can be dated back to 1914, when the university administration established basketball as a varsity sport. The first game, against Bethany College, was won in a gym under the college chapel on January 9, 1914 (Rishel 23). The team was first coached by Alexander Hogarty, whose tenure lasted only one season. The position was filled by Father Eugene McGuigan, who was called "Father Mac" on campus and "Coach Gene Martin" in newspaper reports in order to prevent the name of a Holy Ghost father from being associated with the rowdiness of "Basket-ball". Father McGuigan coached football, baseball, and basketball until he was transferred from Duquesne University in 1923 (Rishel 38).

When a proper gymnasium was constructed in 1923, Duquesne Basketball was finally allowed to come into its own, as the previous court was in reality a stage below the chapel and was not only slanted but demarcated by a steel cage on its perimeter. Teams had previously refused to play the "Bluffites" on their home court. Coach "Chick" Davies initiated a new era in the basketball program, filling the 1,200-seat gymnasium and bringing the team into national prominence. In its first season with Davies, Duquesne tied with Waynesburg University for the Tri-State Conference championship and dominated the same conference in 1926 and 1927 before moving to a higher level of competition. The season expanded from 20 to 28 games and became more competitive in 1930 when the team faced the University of Iowa, Loyola University Chicago, Adrian College, Elmhurst College, Alfred State College, John Carroll University, American University, Catholic University, Colgate University, St. Bonaventure University, Seton Hall University, Manhattan College, and the City College of New York. Davies, immensely popular, coached Duquesne basketball until 1948 (Rishel 40–41).

World War II era[edit]

The university tried to hold on to basketball during World War II, having reworked the gymnasium in 1942 to seat an extra 800 spectators, but was forced to drop the sport at the end of the 1943 season (Rishel 81–82). However, the sport was reinstated in the spring of 1946. During the 1946-1947 season Davies led the Dukes to 19 straight victories before a loss to Georgetown University. In that same season, Duquesne received its third invitation to the NIT, losing by one point to the University of Utah, the eventual champion, which it had defeated during the regular season (Rishel 101).

During this first postwar season, the University of Tennessee refused to play a scheduled game against Duquesne at the McKeesport (PA) Vocational High School because the Dukes had a black player--Chuck Cooper. The December 23, 1946, game had been highly anticipated since Tennessee had two All-Americans and four other returning lettermen. As Davies refused to remove Cooper from the squad, Tennessee canceled at the last minute. That fall, Cooper became the first African-American drafted to play professional basketball when he joined the Boston Celtics (Rishel 101).

Mid-century success[edit]

Dukes Basketball continued to impress with a new coach in the 1949 season--Donald "Dudey" Moore. Moore's team achieved a 17–5 record in the '49 season, and in 1950, 23 wins and another bid to the NIT. By the 1950s, Duquesne's Locust Street gym had become inadequate to seat the team's spectators, so games were usually played in a high school gym in McKeesport or the Duquesne Gardens in Oakland. Even at this point, daily practice was held at North Catholic High School (Rishel 102).

The 1950s marked an age of immense success for Dukes Basketball, with Moore leading his team to six NIT bids, during which time Moore was named "United Press Coach of the Year" and achieved a school-record 21–1 season (1951–52). In 1953, Duquesne was rated as a preseason "best in the East" and possibly the nation. With a 23–2 record, they were top seed for the NIT that year. Although they lost to the College of the Holy Cross, they achieved a new record of 26 victories in a season. Top-seeded again in '54, Duquesne, following a 19–4 regular season, finally won the title of NIT Champions in 1955 (Rishel 137–138).

The 1956 season almost came to an early end, as the John Harris Gardens, then Duquesne's home court, was to be demolished. However, in a gesture which athletic director Doc Skender called "one of the finest acts of sportsmanship I've ever known," long-standing rival the University of Pittsburgh allowed the Dukes use of the Fitzgerald Field House for home games (Rishel 138).

Coach Red Manning, initially unpopular, soon led the Dukes to another era of NIT invitations, ending up in the Final Four in the '61–62 season, the Elite Eight in '63–64, and four more bids between 1967 and the 1970–71 season.

Notable in this decade was Willie Somerset, nicknamed by the press as "Wonderful Willie." Though only 5'11", he could jump higher than any other player on the team (Rishel 177).

1970s to 1990s[edit]

Retired basketball jerseys[1]
Number Player Year
15 Chuck Cooper 1947–1950
11 Sihugo Green 1954–1956
10 Norm Nixon 1974–1977
12 Dick Ricketts 1952–1955
24 Willie Somerset 1962–1965

The 1970s saw the end of Manning's tenure. Duquesne had seen only four different basketball coaches in fifty years, but this decade alone saw three coaches: Manning, John Cinicola, and Mike Rice. The decade was relatively lackluster, although it saw the likes of "the greatest guard in Duquesne basketball history"--Norm Nixon (Rishel 216). The 1980s were marked by problems with many players' academic eligibility—calling into question the university's recruiting and support procedures—and are best described as "trying times" for the Dukes (Rishel 246). There were only two winning seasons in the decade--'80–81 and '85–86. Even so, the 1988 construction of the A. J. Palumbo Center—Duquesne Basketball's current home—is a notable event of this time period.

21st century[edit]

The Dukes have struggled in the 21st century, reaching only one NIT tournament (eliminated in the first round) and two College Basketball Invitational tournaments (only once making it to the second round). Despite coming off a second straight winning season, coach Ron Everhart was fired after the 2011-2012 season; the university cited a lack of postseason success as the main reason for the firing[2]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Dukes have appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times. Their combined record is 4–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1940 Elite Eight
Final Four
WKU
Indiana
W 30–29
L 30–39
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Princeton
Illinois
W 60–49
L 68–74
1969 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Saint Joseph's
North Carolina
St. John's
W 74–52
L 78–79
W 75–72
1971 First Round Penn L 65–70
1977 First Round VMI L 66–73

NIT results[edit]

The Dukes have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 17 times. Their combined record is 17–19. They were NIT champions in 1955.

Year Round Opponent Result
1940 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
St. John's
Oklahoma A&M
Colorado
W 38–31
W 34–30
L 40–51
1941 Quarterfinals Ohio L 40–55
1947 Quarterfinals Utah L 44–45
1950 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
La Salle
CCNY
St. John's
W 49–47
L 52–62
L 67–69
1952 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Holy Cross
La Salle
St. Bonaventure
W 78–68
L 46–59
L 34–48
1953 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Tulsa
WKU
St. John's
Manhattan
W 88–69
W 69–61
L 55–64
W 81–67
1954 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Saint Francis (PA)
Niagara
Holy Cross
W 69–63
W 66–51
L 62–71
1955 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Louisville
Cincinnati
Dayton
W 74–66
W 65–61
W 70–58
1956 First Round
Quarterfinals
Oklahoma A&M
Louisville
W 69–61
L 72–84
1962 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Navy
Bradley
St. John's
Loyola–Chicago
W 70–58
W 88–85
L 65–75
L 84–95
1964 Quarterfinals Army L 65–67
1968 First Round Fordham L 60–69
1970 First Round Georgia Tech L 68–78
1980 First Round
Second Round
Pittsburgh
Saint Peter's
W 65–63
L 33–34
1981 First Round Michigan L 58–74
1994 First Round
Second Round
Charlotte
Villanova
W 75–73
L 66–82
2009 First Round Virginia Tech L 108–1162OT

CBI results[edit]

The Dukes have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) two times. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2010 First Round Princeton L 51–55
2011 First Round
Quarterfinals
Montana
Oregon
W 87–74
L 75–77

National Campus Basketball Tournament results[edit]

The Dukes appeared in the only National Campus Basketball Tournament. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1951 Quarterfinals Wyoming L 63–78

Retired jerseys[edit]

On January 27, 2001, during the halftime of a game against Xavier University (Cincinnati), the Duquesne University Department of Athletics retired the jerseys of five of its all-time greatest players: Chuck Cooper, Sihugo Green, Norm Nixon, Dick Ricketts and Willie Somerset.[1]

All-time coaches[edit]

Coach Years Win-Loss Win % Conference
Titles
NCAA Tourn.
Appearances
NIT Titles NCAA Titles CBI Appearances
Alexander Hogarty 1914 7–2 .778 - - - - -
Rev. E. N. McGuigan 1915–1920, 1922–1923 66–35 .653 - - - - -
Ben Lubic 1921 11–6 .647 - - - - -
Bill Campbell 1924 8–6 .571 - - - - -
Chick Davies 1925–1948 314–106 .667 - 1 - - -
Dudey Moore 1948–1958 191–70 .732 - 1 1 - -
Red Manning 1958–1974 247–138 .642 - 2 - - -
John Cinicola 1974–1978 52–56 .481 1 1 - - -
Mike Rice 1978–1982 62–49 .559 - - - - -
Jim Satalin 1982–1989 85–120 .415 - - - - -
John Carroll 1990–1995 73–98 .427 - - - - -
Scott Edgar 1995–1998 29–55 .345 - - - - -
Darelle Porter 1998–2001 23–64 .264 - - - - -
Danny Nee 2001–2006 42–102 .292 - - - - -
Ron Everhart 2006–2012 99–89 .527 - - - - 2
Jim Ferry 2012- - - - - - - -

Players[edit]

Duquesne men's basketball current roster[edit]

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (High School)
0 marAndre Marhold F/C 6–6 205 1So. Charlotte, N.C. (Mecklenburg)
1 robMike Talley G 5–10 170 2Fr. Detroit, Mich. (Academy for Business and Technology in Melvindale)
3 evaEric Evans G 5–11 200 2Jr. Detroit, Mich. (Northwestern)
4 fauSalim Fauras G 5–10 160 1Fr. Geneva, Switzerland (Bishop Ireton)
20 johSean Johnson G 6–2 175 1So. Queens, N.Y. (Christ the King)
22 theDavid Theis F 6–7 230 3Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa. (Vincentian Academy / Mercersburg Prep)
25 sauDamian Saunders F 6–7 210 3Sr. Waterbury, Conn. (Crosby / Notre Dame Prep)
30 claBill Clark G / F 6–5 205 3Sr. Redondo Beach, Calif. (Oak Hill Academy / Worcester Academy)
32 monB.J. Monteiro G / F 6–5 195 2Jr. Waterbury, Conn. (Crosby)
33 pegRodrigo Peggau F/C 6–8 235 1So. São Paulo, Brazil (The Patterson School)
55 newLucas Newton G 5–10 165 3Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Westminster Academy)

Notable players[edit]

Duquesne All-Americans

Yearly results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Duquesne (1913–1976)
1913–1914 Duquesne 7–2
1914–1915 Duquesne 12–2
1915–1916 Duquesne 7–2
1916–1917 Duquesne 7–3
1917–1918 Duquesne 4–4
1918–1919 Duquesne 4–6
1919–1920 Duquesne 6–10
1920–1921 Duquesne 11–6
1921–1922 Duquesne 10–6
1922–1923 Duquesne 16–2
1923–1924 Duquesne 8–6
1924–1925 Duquesne 11–7
1925–1926 Duquesne 15–3
1926–1927 Duquesne 16–4
1927–1928 Duquesne 15–7
1928–1929 Duquesne 12–8
1929–1930 Duquesne 18–10
1930–1931 Duquesne 12–6
1931–1932 Duquesne 14–6
1932–1933 Duquesne 15–1
1933–1934 Duquesne 19–2
1934–1935 Duquesne 18–1
1935–1936 Duquesne 14–3
1936–1937 Duquesne 13–6
1937–1938 Duquesne 6–11
1938–1939 Duquesne 14–4
1939–1940 Duquesne 20–3 NCAA Final Four
NIT Runner-up
1940–1941 Duquesne 17–3 declined NCAA
NIT Elite Eight
1941–1942 Duquesne 15–6
1942–1943 Duquesne 12–7
1946–1947 Duquesne 21–2 declined NCAA
NIT Elite Eight
1947–1948 Duquesne 17–6
1948–1949 Duquesne 17–5
1949–1950 Duquesne 23–6 NIT Fourth Place
1950–1951 Duquesne 16–11
1951–1952 Duquesne 23–4 NCAA Final Eight
NIT Fourth Place
1952–1953 Duquesne 21–8 NIT Third Place
1953–1954 Duquesne 26–3 NIT Runner-up
1954–1955 Duquesne 22–4 NIT Champion
1955–1956 Duquesne 17–10 NIT Elite Eight
1956–1957 Duquesne 16–7
1957–1958 Duquesne 10–12
1958–1959 Duquesne 13–11
1959–1960 Duquesne 8–15
1960–1961 Duquesne 15–7
1961–1962 Duquesne 22–7 NIT Fourth Place
1962–1963 Duquesne 13–9
1963–1964 Duquesne 16–7 NIT Elite Eight
1964–1965 Duquesne 14–10
1965–1966 Duquesne 14–9
1966–1967 Duquesne 7–15
1967–1968 Duquesne 18–7 NIT Sweet Sixteen
1968–1969 Duquesne 21–5 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1969–1970 Duquesne 17–7 NIT Sweet Sixteen
1970–1971 Duquesne 21–4 NCAA First Round
1971–1972 Duquesne 20–5
1972–1973 Duquesne 16–8
1973–1974 Duquesne 12–12
1974–1975 Duquesne 14–11
1975–1976 Duquesne 12–13
Duquesne (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1976–present [but Midwestern Collegiate Conference members in 1992–93])
1976–1977 Duquesne 15–15 3–7 3rd-West NCAA First Round
1977–1978 Duquesne 11–17 5–5 T-3rd
1978–1979 Duquesne 13–13 2–8 7th
1979–1980 Duquesne 18–10 7–3 T-1st NIT Sweet Sixteen
1980–1981 Duquesne 20–10 10–3 T-1st NIT First Round
1981–1982 Duquesne 11–16 5–9 6th
1982–1983 Duquesne 12–16 6–8 4th-West
1983–1984 Duquesne 10–18 8–10 T-6th
1984–1985 Duquesne 12–18 6–12 8th
1985–1986 Duquesne 15–14 9–9 5th
1986–1987 Duquesne 12–17 7–11 T-6th
1987–1988 Duquesne 11–21 6–12 8th
1988–1989 Duquesne 13–16 7–11 T-6th
1989–1990 Duquesne 7–22 5–13 T-8th
1990–1991 Duquesne 13–15 10–8 T-3rd
1991–1992 Duquesne 13–15 6–10 T-6th
1992–1993 Duquesne 13–15 5–9 (MCC) T-5th
1993–1994 Duquesne 17–13 8–8 T-3rd NIT Sweet Sixteen
1994–1995 Duquesne 10–18 5–11 8th
1995–1996 Duquesne 9–18 3–13 T-5th-West
1996–1997 Duquesne 9–18 5–11 T-5th-West
1997–1998 Duquesne 11–19 5–11 T-4th-West
1998–1999 Duquesne 5–23 1–15 6th-West
1999–2000 Duquesne 9–20 4–12 6th-West
2000–2001 Duquesne 9–21 3–13 10th
2001–2002 Danny Nee 9–19 4–12 6th-West
2002–2003 Danny Nee 10–20 4–12 6th-West
2003–2004 Danny Nee 12–17 6–10 5th-West
2004–2005 Danny Nee 8–22 5–11 5th-West
2005–2006 Danny Nee 3–24 1–15 14th
2006–2007 Ron Everhart 10–19 6–10 T-10th
2007–2008 Ron Everhart 17–13 7–9 10th
2008–2009 Ron Everhart 21–14 9–7 T-5th NIT Round of 32
2009–2010 Ron Everhart 16–16 7–9 8th CBI First Round
2010–2011 Ron Everhart 19–13 10–6 4th CBI Second Round
2011-2012 Ron Everhart 16-15 7-9 T-9th
2012-2013 Jim Ferry 8-22 1-15 16th
2013-2014 Jim Ferry 13-17 5-11 10th
Ron Everhart: 83–75 39–41
Total: 1256-943

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Retired Jerseys". Duquesne University Men's Basketball History. Duquesne University Athletics. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  2. ^ Ron Everhart fired as coach at Duquesne

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