Saturday, December 22, 2007
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 10:50 AM
Friday, December 21, 2007
Duquesne got off the schneid tonight with a convincing victory over Saint Francis, 99-80.
Kojo Mensa scored 12 points and had 10 assists for a double double.
Shawn James also had a strong night with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots.
Duquesne finished with a season-low eight turnovers. DU's 13 blocked shots were two shy of the school record set earlier this season at Oakland.
Duquesne's 7-3 start is the best since the 1993-94 NIT team opened with the same record. The last DU team to start a season 8-3 was the 1979-80 NIT squad which began 12-3.
Light heavyweight boxer Roy Jones, Jr., who was in town to watch fellow Pensacola, Fla. native Gary Tucker, spoke to the team in the locker room following the game.
Dukes Court favorite David Theis was a starter for the first time in his Duquesne career tonight. Theis saw 12 minutes of action, scoring 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots.
It should also be pointed out that as of 1:03am Saturday morning Saint Francis has yet to post the score of the game. Hey Red Flash, you are a Division I program, update your freaking website!
I wasn't at the game so if anyone is looking for more details i recommend the Dukes Forum.
Apperently Stephen Wood has a bum ankle and did not dress for the game, who cares RE never plays him anyway.
I have a feeling Dukes fans will be seeing Saunders throwing down dunks like this one for the next 3 years
Ron Everhart's daughter Gianna has not been feeling well lately and had successful surgery this week to remove her appendix. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Everhart family.
The Dukes play host to Robert Morris next Friday at 7pm and I am happy to say that I will be in attendance. I'll likely be at Shales before and after the game with my Dad.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 8:59 PM
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 10:35 AM
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Since Duquesne lost to Pitt by 5, and Pitt beat Duke by 1, does that mean that Duquesne could compete with Duke? I have always hated these types of arguments especially in regards to college football:
Levance "Taser" Fields dropped 21 and scored the winning 3 for Pitt.
This is the type of celebration that says "yea I've won big games like this before" or not
-In laws update:
I arrived at my in laws tonight at 830pm. Around 9pm I was given permission to turn on the Steelers game on their sick big screen HD. I am thinking to myself, "yes, score, I can watch the entire 2nd half!" No such luck, they do not get the NFL Network.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 9:37 PM
Some interesting nuggets:
- Duquesne has won 27 of the past 29 games against Saint Francis
- A victory over The Red Flash would ensure Duquesne's first winning non-conference record since 1993-94. I was in 8th grade in 93-94
- The last time Saint Francis defeated the Dukes was back in 1966
- Shawn James has at least 1 block in every game he has ever played in college
- Phillip Fayne is 0-8 from the field since the end of the 2nd game of the season
- Damian Saunders returned to practice on Monday the 17th and is expected to play after suffering a sprained ankle at the end of the WVU game
- Kojo Mensah is 3-16 from the field in Duquesne's last two games
- Page 9 of the Game Notes has a nice write up on Duquesne's incoming recruits
I will be unable to attend the game against Saint Francis this Friday because I will be visiting my in laws this weekend for the holidays.
If the Dukes lose to Saint Francis I'll walk home from my in law's townhouse in Macungie, PA.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 12:22 PM
Not only did Saint Francis lose to Iona last night, but it would appear I jinxed Devin Sweetney with my profile yesterday, he only scored 6 points against the Gaels.
Duquesne's RPI is currently #37
Iona's current RPI is #258
Saint Francis drops down to #312
In short, if the Dukes lose Friday night Ron Everhart might have a coronary.
Iona is coached by Kevin Willard, a Pitt alumnus, who's father is the current Holy Cross coach and former Pitt coach Ralph Willard.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 8:29 AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Blount left Pitt after two seasons to go pro.
Blount's stats at Pitt:
Blount was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics but did not make the team. To Blount's credit he played overseas, made a name for himself and earned an NBA job with Celtics in 2000-01 and has been in the NBA ever since. Now he has joined the dubious list of worst contracts in the NBA.
Mark Blount is the only former Pitt player currently in the NBA.
Foxsports.com's Jeff Goodman listed Shawn James as the 17th pick in his 2008 NBA mock draft published in July.
Goodman on Shawn James:
"The former Northeastern star bulked up this past season while sitting out due to transfer rules. He’s extremely athletic and is arguably the best shot-blocker in the country. If [Boston College’s] Sean Williams can be chosen 17th with his baggage, why can’t James?"
Not only was Williams chosen 17th overall, he has now been made a starter by the New Jersey Nets. In his third start of the season last night, Williams had 11 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots in 42 minutes of the Nets' 106-101 loss to Sacramento. His eight blocks tied a team rookie record set in 1981 by Mike Gminski.
I have been beating this Sean Williams - Shawn James comparison to death, I know. What can I say this 13 day layoff is killing me.
Chartiers Valley sophomore guard T.J. McConnell, (who Dukes Court has officially nicknamed "Wunderkind") was named the Pittsburgh Male Athlete of the Week this morning by the Pittsburgh Tribute Review. McConnell averaged 24.6 points and six 3-pointers per game in Chartiers Valley's path to the KSA Disney Classic championship in Orlando, Fla., last week.
McConnell has already verbally committed to Duquesne and is making Ron Everhart look like a visionary with his ridiculous play so far this year.
As if putting up great numbers as a 5'8 135 pound sophomore isn't enough McConnell is already talking about how he can improve his game, "I'd like to get a better handle on the ball and going around people. On defense, I just want to keep looking in (an opponent's) eyes and telegraph where the pass is going and get a few steals a game."
- Sweetney led the Red Flash in scoring as a freshman with 13ppg
- Sweetney is the cousin of Chicago Bulls forward Mike Sweetney.
- Devin is 2nd on the team in scoring this season with 11.8ppg, and leads the team with 13 steals.
- Sweetney has been named co-captain as a sophomore
- Lindy's named Sweetney to their pre-season all-NEC team
- Devin had a solid game last year against the Dukes with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
- Sweetney played at the same high school as two of his current teammates, Bassirou Dieng and Chris McFarland
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 8:36 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 12:03 PM
If love from people like SI.com wasn't enough Drake received 6 votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Yani from yocohoops wrote the article for SI.com
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 10:10 AM
Monday, December 17, 2007
With Damian Saunders recovering from an ankle injury and Bill Clark still dealing with a mild concussion, (Clark is expected to play on Saturday) we might be seeing more from Dukes Court's favorite bench player David Theis. Theis is a Pittsburgher who came to Duquesne from Vincentian Academy by way of Mercersburg (Pa.) Prep. I love athletes who grow up in or around the Pittsburgh area.
We all pretty much know the David Theis story by now, he tore his ACL in high school, and was forced to go to prep school to give himself a shot at a DI scholarship. I saw Theis get some minutes early this season in games against Howard and Winston-Salem State. Theis reminds me of former Pitt Panther Donatas Zavackas. Zavackas, also 6'8, was a big strong player, who didn't move too well and couldn't do anything off the dribble, but if you left him open for just a second he would nail any open shot. Theis doesn't have much speed or agility, (he is 6'8 after all) but he seems to have a nice shooting touch. If St. Francis ends up being a pushover don't be surprised to see Theis get a nice chuck of playing time.
As for Donatas Zavackas, I found this nugget on the big W:
Donatas Zavackas is most remembered by Pittsburgh fans for removing his shoes and refusing to play in the waning minutes of an NCAA Tournament game. That game, versus Marquette, would be his last career college game.
Somehow I don't think that would fly on a Ron Everhart team, but maybe that is just me?
Former Pitt player Donatas Zavackas has continued his career overseas, he is currently playing for BC Šiauliai in Lithuania. Duquesne fans could care less.
Posted by The Duke from Dukes Court at 8:51 AM