The Dukes have appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times. The decade was relatively lackluster, although it saw the likes of "the greatest guard in Duquesne basketball history"--Norm Nixon (Rishel 216). Their combined record is 2–3. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. Their record is 0–1. Duquesne University sports news and features, including conference, nickname, location and official social media handles. The Official Site of the Duquesne Dukes. The Dukes have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) three times. The team, which started in 1914, has only ever played in NCAA Division I and has had five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Duquesne has had the most Atlantic 10 scoring champions in conference history. With a 23–2 record, they were top seed for the NIT that year. During the 1946-1947 season Davies led the Dukes to 19 straight victories before a loss to Georgetown University. 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). Their combined record is 17–19. 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". 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). Find out the latest on your favorite NCAAB teams on CBSSports.com. The Dukes play in the Atlantic 10 Conference, of which they have been members since 1976 (minus the 1992–93 season in which the Dukes were single-season members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference). 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.. Moore's team achieved a 17–5 record in the 1949 season, and in 1950, 23 wins and another bid to the NIT. They were NIT champions in 1955. Davies, immensely popular, coached Duquesne basketball until 1948 (Rishel 40–41). The Duquesne Dukes represent Duquesne University in college basketball. 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 Dukes have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 17 times. 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. 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. The Dukes play in the Atlantic 10 Conference, of which they have been members since 1976 (minus the 1992–93 season in which the Dukes were single-season members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference). All Rights Reserved. In 1953, Duquesne was rated as a preseason "best in the East" and possibly the nation. Pittsburgh will once again host first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2024, the NCAA announced on Wednesday, with Duquesne University again hosting the tournament sub-regional at PPG Paints Arena. 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. Updated Through The End of The 2018–19 Season, National champion Although they lost to the College of the Holy Cross, they achieved a new record of 26 victories in a season. Hughes talks new offer, growing recruitment, Francis scores 21 to carry Richmond over Duquesne 73-62, Duquesne beats back George Mason with Carry at foul line, Carry, Hughes lift Duquesne over St. Bonaventure in overtime, Toppin scores 28 as No. The 1970s saw the end of Manning's tenure. 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. 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). 5 Dayton looks to avoid letdown vs. Duquesne, Jack, Toro spark George Washington past Duquesne 70-67, Dunn-Martin helps Duquesne hold off Fordham 59-54, Lofton scores 21, St. Bonaventure knocks off Duquesne 83-80, Weathers scores 26 to lead Duquesne over Saint Louis 82-68, Weathers helps Duquesne hold off La Salle 71-69. Even at this point, daily practice was held at North Catholic High School (Rishel 102). As Davies refused to remove Cooper from the squad, Tennessee canceled at the last minute. Dambrot, whose father Sid played for Duquesne from 1952-54, posted a school record 305 wins at Akron. Postseason invitational champion The 1956 season almost came to an early end, as the Duquesne Gardens, then Duquesne's home court, was to be demolished. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. The Associated Press ranked Duquesne as the No. Club sports offered at Duquesne are men's ice hockey, indoor track & field, tennis, lacrosse and roller hockey. 5 Dayton cruises past Duquesne 80-70, Predicting college basketball's Top 25 slate for Saturday, No. Duquesne Dukes team page with results, picks, power rankings, odds and stats.  Mike James‘ number 13 was retired in 2017. 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). Dukes Basketball continued to impress with a new coach in the 1949 season--Donald "Dudey" Moore. Though only 5'11", he could jump higher than any other player on the team (Rishel 177). Notable in this decade was Willie Somerset, nicknamed by the press as "Wonderful Willie." Their combined record is 4–5. 6-keys: media/spln/collegebasketball/reg/free/teampages, D.J. Conference regular season champion Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. section: | slug: | sport: collegebasketball | route: team_page_home | The team was first coached by Alexander Hogarty, whose tenure lasted only one season. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: collegebasketball | pageType: profiles | Even so, the 1988 construction of the A. J. Palumbo Center—Duquesne Basketball's current home—is a notable event of this time period. 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. 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 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 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). There were only two winning seasons in the decade--'80–81 and '85–86. Teams had previously refused to play the "Bluffites" on their home court. In 1950, Cooper became the first African-American drafted to play professional basketball when he joined the Boston Celtics (Rishel 101). The arena previously hosted games in the 2012, 2015 and 2018 tournaments and is scheduled to do so again in 2022. 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. As of January 7, 2020, the head basketball coach is Keith Dambrot.. The team, which started in 1914, has only ever played in NCAA Division I and has had five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The first game, against Bethany College, was won in a gym under the college chapel on January 9, 1914 (Rishel 23). The official Men's Basketball page for the Duquesne University Dukes. Main Navigation Menu. The December 23, 1946, game had been highly anticipated since Tennessee had two All-Americans and four other returning lettermen. 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 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.