MBB unveils non-conference schedule

Luke Henne | Editor-in-Chief

Sept. 8, 2022

With the sixth season under Head Coach Keith Dambrot set to get underway in just over two months, the Duquesne men’s basketball program officially unveiled its 2022-23 non-conference schedule on Sept. 1.

Of the 12 games currently on the schedule, 10 will be played within the confines of UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. The Dukes will add one more home game to the schedule.

Duquesne will open its season on Nov. 8, when it welcomes Montana to town.

The Dukes’ only true road game will come on Nov. 11, when they travel to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats in a multi-team event hosted by Kentucky. John Calipari, the Wildcats’ head coach, was born in Moon Township, Pa., and spent time as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh.

While not confirmed, The D1 Docket reports that Duquesne will host S.C. State (Nov. 14) and North Florida (Nov. 21) as part of the same event. North Florida Head Coach Matthew Driscoll graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1992 and spent time as the head coach at La Roche University.

In between the home contests, the Dukes will travel to Akron, Ohio, to play Colgate on Nov. 18 at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s LeBron James Arena. Duquesne’s return to play a game in Akron — Dambrot’s hometown — will be the fourth time in six seasons since he took over the program.

After the North Florida contest, the Dukes will host Alabama State (Nov. 23) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 29) to round out November.

Duquesne will welcome Ball State (Dec. 3), Marshall (Dec. 8) and DePaul (Dec. 14) to open December. Marshall’s trip to Pittsburgh will also take the team to Robert Morris two days later.

On Dec. 17, the Dukes will battle Indiana State at the fieldhouse. Duquesne’s Tre Williams was a member of the Sycamores before transferring to Duquesne prior to 2021-22.

The Dukes are set to round out the non-conference portion of the schedule by hosting Winthrop — a team that’s gone a combined 46-11 over the past two seasons — on Dec. 21. Winthrop Head Coach Mark Prosser is a native of nearby Wheeling, W.Va.