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PITTSBURGH - The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has chosen the city of Pittsburgh as a Second and Third Round site for the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship it was announced today. Duquesne University will serve as host, and Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center will be the home for the event scheduled for March 19 & 21.
The selection marks the fifth time the city of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University has been chosen to host an NCAA basketball championship - and fourth time as men's host. Duquesne hosted the NCAA Men's First and Second Round in 1997 & 2002 and the NCAA Women's East Regional in 2001 at the Civic/Mellon Arena. Last year, DU hosted Second and Third Round men's games at CONSOL Energy Center.
"We are pleased to once again have the opportunity to host the men's NCAA Championship," said DU Director of Athletics Greg Amodio. "The hard work of our staff as well as the staff at CONSOL Energy Center made last year's event a success. We look forward to working with the city of Pittsburgh and CONSOL Energy Center to put on another first-class event."
"We are excited that the NCAA has again selected CONSOL Energy Center as a host site," said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "We got such a great response to the 2012 tournament games here and look forward to another tremendous experience in 2015. And it gives us another platform to showcase the city and the region."
"CONSOL Energy Center and AEG Facilities are honored to be selected to host the 2015 Men's NCAA Championship. Pittsburgh is famous for its strong sports culture, and hosting the Men's NCAA Championship will once again showcase Pittsburgh as a great sports town," said Jay Cooper, Regional Vice President of AEG Facilities. "This is a fantastic event for the City of Pittsburgh and the entire region, and we are looking forward to working with our partners, Duquesne University and the NCAA on this iconic event."
The `97 First and Second Round games - which marked the first NCAA tournament games played in Pittsburgh - sent Louisville and Texas to the Sweet 16. The six tournament games, including 15th-seeded Coppin State's 78-65 first round upset of No. 2 South Carolina and two second round games that were decided by one point each, were played before sellout crowds at the then-Civic Arena.
Pittsburgh was the second opening round site to sell out in 2002, the first year of the current NCAA "pod" system. The hometown University of Pittsburgh and UCLA both advanced to the Sweet 16 from the newly renamed Mellon Arena. UCLA's memorable 105-101 double-overtime win over No. 1 seed Cincinnati in the second round was the highest-scoring game of the 2002 Championship.
Last year's event, which also sold out well in advance, drew 56,928 fans for the three tournament sessions (six total games) as Ohio State and Syracuse moved on to regional play from the eight-team field. The opening day second session crowd of 19,413 was the largest for any indoor arena event in Pittsburgh history.
Overall, the 2012 NCAA Second and Third Round games had the highest viewership since 1994.
Additional preliminary round hosts for the 2015 Championship include: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio (Mar. 17-18 First Four); Mar. 19-21: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville University), Mar. 19-21 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (University of Louisville), Mar. 19-21 CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne University), March 19-21 Rose Garden, Portland, Ore. (University of Oregon); Mar. 20-22 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C. (UNC-Charlotte), Mar. 20-22 Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State University), Mar. 20-22 CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. (Creighton University), Mar. 20-22 and Key Arena, Seattle, Wash. (University of Washington).
Regional sites for 2015 are: West Mar. 26-28 Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. (Pepperdine University), Midwest Mar. 26-28 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (Mid-American Conference), East Mar. 27-29 Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. (Syracuse University), South Mar. 27-29 Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas (University of Houston/Rice University).
The 2015 Final Four, hosted by Butler University/Horizon League/IUPUI, will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Apr. 4 & 6.
Ticket information will be released by the Duquesne Athletics Department as it becomes available.
Duo recognized after leading Dukes to 35-3 win over Sacred Heart
Oct. 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne senior quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) and junior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) were named Northeast Conference Football Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week respectively for their performances in Duquesne's 35-3 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday.
Patterson, the NEC pass efficiency leader, figured in all five DU touchdowns with two TD passes and a career-high three scoring runs to help the Dukes extend their home winning streak to 10.
The three-year starter threw touchdown passes of 44 and 12 yards to Gianni Carter and scored on runs of 14, 15 and 44 yards to lead DU.
Patterson, who left the game with nine minutes left, threw for 156 yards and ran for 52 more.
It is the fourth career Offensive Player of the Week - and first this season - for Patterson who has thrown for 5,846 yards and 57 touchdowns.
Bell, a second-year Ohio State transfer, was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after posting 14 tackles (9 solo) including 4.0 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.
The Pittsburgh native, who finished with 5.0 total tackles for loss, helped the Dukes limit SHU to 215 yards of total offense, including 92 yards on 35 rushing attempts (2.6 ypc.).
Bell ranks tenth nationally and leads the NEC with an 11.3 tackles per game average.
Duquesne (5-2, 3-1), which is one game behind league-leading Albany (6-1, 4-0) will be looking to stay in the title hunt and extend its home win streak when it hosts Monmouth (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12:10 p.m.
BROOKLYN, NY – Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, first-year conference member VCU and Temple were picked to finish first through fourth in the annual poll of Atlantic 10 coaches and media released today as part of the league’s annual media day at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Duquesne, which returns two starters from last year’s 16-15 CBI team, was picked to finish 16th. The Dukes did not land any players on the A-10 Preseason All-Conference, All-Defense or All-Rookie teams.
“Our focus this year will be on establishing our system, working hard and getting better every day,” said first-year DU head coach Jim Ferry. “If we can keep our focus on getting better, everything else will take care of itself.”
The Dukes return one of their top five scorers from last season in senior guard Sean Johnson (13.5 ppg., 900 career points). Six-six forward Andre Marhold (5.1, 4.0, 40 blocks) is DU’s other returning starter.
Ferry and his staff brought in a five-man recruiting class during the spring signing period, one of whom - 6-8 senior UAB transfer Ovie Soko - won’t be eligible until 2013-14.
“We have Atlantic 10 caliber players, but we lack Atlantic 10 experience,” said Ferry. “We need to find a way to get our players meaningful experience quickly. The Atlantic 10 is going to be an outstanding conference this season. It will be a challenge every night.”
The Atlantic 10 - with the addition of first-year members VCU and Butler (picked to finish sixth) - is expected to be one of the most balanced leagues in the country as was reflected by the preseason poll that saw six teams receive two or more first place votes.
The top 12 finishers in the 16-team conference will advance to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship on March 14-17 at the state-of-the-art Barclays Center which opened its doors in late September.
The top four finishers receive first round byes.
The Dukes will host exhibition games against Carnegie Mellon (Nov. 1) and Hawaii Hilo (Nov. 4), before opening the 2012-13 regular season at Albany on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. (ET). DU will then travel to Washington, D.C. for a nationally televised ESPNU game at Georgetown in the first round of the Progressive Legends Classic on Sunday, Nov. 11.
2012-13 ATLANTIC 10 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(as selected by conference coaches and media - first place votes in parentheses)
# TEAM (1st place votes) in 2012
1. Saint Joseph’s (11) t5th
2. Saint Louis (10) 2nd
3 VCU (3) n/a
4. Temple (2) 1st
5. Massachusetts (2) t5th
6. Butler (2) n/a
7. La Salle t5th
8. Dayton t5th
9. Xavier t3rd
10. Richmond t9th
11. St. Bonaventure t3rd
12. Charlotte t11th
13. George Washington t11th
14. Fordham 14th
15. Rhode Island 13th
16. DUQUESNE t9th