Monday, March 16, 2009

Dukes Receive NIT Bid

For the first time since 1994, Duquesne Men's Basketball will play in the National Invitational Tournament. The No. 7 seeded Dukes will travel to Virginia Tech to take on the No. 2 seeded Hokies in opening round play at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For Duquense coach Ron Everhart, the game will take on special significance as he will face his Alma mater. Everhart says he knows the game will be no easy matchup for the young Dukes. "[Virginia Tech is] very big, athletic, and talented. They shoot the ball well... and they have very big guys that can go get it off the glass." Everhart says after getting over Saturday's disappointing loss to Temple in the Atlantic 10 Conference championship, the team is satisfied with how far they've come this year and is excited to continue with postseason play. Historically, Duquesne is 0-5 in games at Virginia Tech. Should the Dukes win, they will play the winner of No. 6 Georgetown versus No. 3 Baylor.

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