Adam Lindner | Staff Writer
Sept. 5, 2019
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, the Atlantic 10 Conference released its men’s basketball league schedule, solidifying Duquesne’s basketball slate in the process.
In addition to the non-conference portion of Duquesne’s schedule, which was revealed on Aug. 15, the Dukes will play a total of 30 regular season games during the 2019-20 season. The Dukes’ season is set to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 5 versus Princeton, and will end on Friday, March 6 against Richmond.
While the UPMC Chuck Cooper Fieldhouse undergoes extensive renovations over the course of the next several months, Duquesne has settled on numerous Pittsburgh-area sites for their ‘home’ contests in 2019-20.
Duquesne’s A-10 slate begins on Thursday, Jan. 2 against Saint Louis. The game against the Billikens will be one of four Duquesne games played at Robert Morris’ brand-new UPMC Events Center during the 2019-20 season. In total, the Dukes will host Saint Louis (Jan. 2), Davidson (Jan. 5), St. Bonaventure (Feb. 8) and George Mason (Feb. 29) at Robert Morris’ Moon Township campus.
In addition to the regular season opener against Princeton on Nov. 5, the Dukes will also host five other teams at PPG Paints Arena this season: Fordham (Jan. 15), Dayton (Jan. 29), La Salle (Feb. 2), George Washington (Feb. 19) and Richmond (March 6).
The Dukes’ remaining home contests will be played at La Roche University’s Kerr Fitness Center. Duquesne will play non-conference foes Lamar (Nov. 12), Lipscomb (Nov. 15), VMI (Dec. 4) and Columbia (Dec. 9) on La Roche’s campus.
Duquesne’s first conference road contest falls on Jan. 8 against Saint Joseph’s followed by a Jan. 11 date at George Washington. After the Jan. 15 Fordham contest at PPG Paints Arena, the Dukes will head back on the road to face Rhode Island (Jan. 22) before traveling to Massachusetts on Jan. 25.
Duquesne will play five more A-10 road games following the UMass tilt: Saint Louis (Feb. 5), Fordham (Feb. 16), Dayton (Feb. 22), St. Bonaventure (Feb. 26) and VCU (March 3).
In all, Keith Dambrot’s squad will play 14 games at ‘home,’ nine games on the road and seven neutral-site games in 2019-20. Neutral-site contests include three games in Bimini, Bahamas, from Nov. 21-24; a Dec. 14 game at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio; two games in St. Petersburg, Fla., from Dec. 21-22; and a Dec. 29 date versus Marshall at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
After Duquesne concludes its regular season schedule on March 6 versus Richmond, the team will travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament, which begins March 11 and ends on March 15.
Last season, the Dukes finished with an 18-13 overall record, including a 10-7 mark in the A-10.