Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:37 am

Trippin': Duquesne's Everhart relies on perimeter

In our Trippin' series we're talking to teams as they return from preseason trips to foreign locales. Click here for all Trippin' related stories

By Jeff Goodman

It goes without saying that Ron Everhart’s Duquesne Dukes will be different this year.

Gone are the two mainstays of the program for the last few years – Bill Clark and Damian Saunders.

But Everhart still has one of the best guards in the A-10 and maybe even the nation in sophomore T.J. McConnell – and maintains the Dukes will still run and play fast.

Everhart took his group to Canada – where they played five games in four days - and shared his thoughts:

What Everhart learned: The chemistry of this group seemed really, really good – and we were able to control the game with our guard play.”  

What or who impressed him: McConnell was terrific, his normal consistent self. What really impressed me was (B.J.) Monteiro’s effort. Three guys surprised me and played better than I anticipated: Jerry Jones, Andre Marhold and Sean Johnson. Sean picked up where he left off last season. Jones shot it well and played with a lot of confidence – he’s a completely different player

What concerned him: Our frontcourt is our big question. We know we can run and score and defend on the perimeter.”

- McConnell averaged 10.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game as a freshman last season and Everhart said he sees plenty of similarities between him and Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea – who he coached at Northeastern. ``They do a lot of the same things,” Everhart said. ``Especially with ball screens, their vision and burst. T.J.’s a little longer and just needs to catch up physically and gets the strength that J.J. has. But I think when he does that, I think he has a shot at playing at the next level.”

- The strength of the team will be on the perimeter with guys like McConnell, Monteiro and Johnson.

- Everhart said that two players, Radford 7-foot transfer Martins Abele, and 6-foot-6 freshman Kadeem Pantophlet, didn’t make the trip.

- Freshman Mamadou Datt (6-8, 210) didn’t play due to injury. Datt is a native of Senegal who spent last season at Stoneridge Prep. He tore his meniscus, but Everhart said he expects Datt to be ready for practice in mid-October.

- Senior wing B.J. Monteiro led the team in scoring at 19 points per game. Johnson was second at 13.2 and McConnell averaged 12.6 points on the trip.

- Everhart was excited about the play of Marhold – who averaged eight minutes per game last season. ``He was active and played significantly better than I expected. He surprised me – I thought he’d struggle. The way he played on the trip, I think he’ll make a significant contribution this year.”

- Freshman wing P.J. Torres was solid for the first three games before suffering a sprained ankle that forced him to miss the fourth game. He came back and played the finale in Canada. ``He’s going to be a nice addition to our backcourt,” Everhart said.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 4:06 pm

A-10 Offseason Report

By Jeff Goodman

A-10 Offseason Report

Charlotte – The 49ers will play against Miami, at Memphis (12-31) and at Arkansas. Gokhan Sirin left the program and DeMario Mayfield is eligible after sitting out last season following a transfer from Georgia.

Dayton – The Flyers are in the midst of a trip overseas to Amsterdam and France. Archie Miller put together a staff of Kevin Kuwik (Ohio State), Allen Griffin (Hofstra), Tom Ostrom (Arkansas) and Bill Comar as the director of operations. The Flyers will play in the Old Spice Classic and also have non-league games vs. Alabama (11-7), vs. Seton Hall (12-21), vs. Mississippi (12-30) and at Miami. Brandon Spearman (Indian Hills) and Juwan Staten (West Virginia) left the program while Vee Sanford (Georgetown) transferred in. Kevin Dillard (Southern Illinois) is eligible this season after sitting out last year.

Duquesne – Ron Everhart’s team is in the tail end of a trip to Canada. Amadou Koundoul replaces Greg Gary, who left to go to Purdue. The Dukes will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer event and also have non-league games against Pittsburgh (11-30), against Penn State (12-10) and at George Mason (12-21). Joel Wright (Blinn JC) left and Rodrigo Peggau graduated early and enrolled at Seton Hall College.

Fordham – Derrick Phelps left his position as the video coordinator to join King Rice’s staff at Monmouth. The Rams will play at Syracuse (11-12), at St. John’s (12-17) and at Georgia Tech (12-29). Brian Freeman, Rayner Moquete and Fahro Alihodzic all transferred out of the program.

George Washington – New coach Mike Lonergan (above) brought Hajj Turner with him from Vermont – and added Pete Strickland (N.C. State) and Kevin Sutton (Montverde Academy) as well as former Maryland video coordinator Matt Lisiewski as his director of basketball operations. He also added former Vermont guard Maurice Joseph as his assistant DOBO. The Colonials will play in the CBE Classic against Cal and also will face VCU in the BT&T Classic (12-4) at the Verizon Center yet. GW will also play at Kansas State (12-1), at Syracuse (12-10), vs. UAB (12-28) and at Harvard (1-14) in the non-conference. Chris Fitzgerald (Columbia) and Tim Johnson both left the program.

La Salle – John Giannini and the Explorers just returned from a trip to Canada. La Salle will play in the Hoop Group Classic (11-25/26) and also has non-league games at Villanova (11-15) and at Pittsburgh (11-22). Aaric Murray (West Virginia) transferred out while Ramon Galloway (South Carolina) came in and will be eligible to play this season after receiving a waiver from the NBA. Taylor Dunn (Winthrop) is also eligible this season after sitting out last year.

Rhode Island – Larry Harris (N.C. State) replaced Kevin Clark (Towson). The Rams will play in the Legends Classic (at Texas on Nov. 15) and also in the UCF Holiday Classic along with James Madison and Stetson. Non-league games include at BC (1-2), at Nebraska (11-20), vs. Virginia Tech (12-7) and vs. Providence (12-23). Akeem Richmond transferred to East Carolina. Billy Baron (Virginia) and Andre Malone (Auburn) are both eligible after the first semester.

Richmond – The Spiders replaced director of basketball operations Marcus Jenkins, who left for Princeton, with Kim Lewis. Chris Mooney’s team will play in the Cancun Challenge and also has non-conference dates at Wake Forest (12-3), at VCU (12-10), at UCLA (12-23) and at home against Old Dominion (12-20).

Saint Louis – Rick Majerus is expected to go with the team from Aug. 19-29 to Canada. Porter Moser took the head job at Loyola-Chicago and Tony Young was promoted. The Billikens will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and also have non-conference games against Washington (11-20) and at New Mexico (11-31). Christian Salecich transferred to Missouri Southern while Jake Barnett (Toledo) is eligible this season and Kwamain Mitchell will return to the court after missing last year.

Saint Joseph’s – Phil Martelli’s team will play in the Charleston Classic and also has non-league contests vs. Villanova (12-17), vs. Penn State (11-26), vs. Creighton (12-10) and at Harvard (12-31). Carl Baptiste (Delaware) and Justin Crosgile (Eastern Washington) left while Todd O’Brien graduated early and has enrolled at UAB. Hanil Kanesevic (Hofstra) is eligible and should be an impact player for the Hawks immediately.

St. Bonaventure – Mark Schmidt’s team will play at Virginia Tech (11-27), at Illinois (12-7) and against N.C. State (12-20) in Rochester. Brett Roseboro transferred to UMBC.

Temple – Matt Langel got the head job at Colgate and was replaced by Dwayne Killings (BU). The Owls will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have a non-conference slate that includes games at Penn (11-14), vs. Villanova (12-10), at Texas (12-17), vs. Duke (1-4) and vs. Maryland (1-21) at the Palestra. Dalton Pepper transferred in from West Virginia and will sit out this season.

UMass – Derek Kellogg’s team will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Minutemen will play at BC and against Siena. Chaz Williams is eligible after transferring in from Hofstra a year ago.

Xavier – Chris Mack replaced Pat Kelsey and Brian Thornton with Kareem Richardson (Drake) and Jeremy Growe. The Musketeers will play in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (12-22/25) and also have a non-league slate that includes home games against Georgia (11-25), Purdue (12-3), Cincinnati (12-10) Gonzaga (12-31) and road contests against Vanderbilt (11-28), Butler (12-7) and Memphis (2-4). Jay Canty (Appalachian State) and Jordan Latham (Loyola) transferred out while Isaiah Philmore (Towson) transferred in. Andree Walker (Vandy) also came in and is eligible for his final year this season. Travis Taylor is also eligible after sitting out last season following his transfer from Monmouth. Justin Martin sat out last season due to academics.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:10 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 7:11 am

Yes you did do what we said you did, Coach Nee

By Gary Parrish

CBSSports.com on Sunday reported the names of nine college basketball coaches confirmed to have invested money with David Salinas -- the co-founder of the Houston Select summer basketball program who committed suicide shortly after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched an investigation into his investment business (J. David Financial Group).

Every coach named but one has either acknowledged the financial dealings with Salinas or declined comment. The lone exception is former Duquesne and Nebraska coach Danny Nee, who told the Omaha World-Herald he was aware of our report before adding, "Whatever they said I did, I didn’t do."

So what did we say Nee did?

We reported he invested money with Salinas.

Why did we report that?

Because a source provided us with a brochure from Select Asset Management, LLC -- another Houston-area investment firm that's run by Houston Select co-founder Brian Bjork and is associated with J. David Financial Group. The brochure features a "testimonial" from Nee, now the head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The testimonial reads: "I have been a client with J. David Financial Group since I was referred to them in 1995-96. After several financial planning sessions, I became very comfortable with their long-term visions and investment style. More importantly, I marvel at their track record in both up and down markets."

In other words, we stand by our report.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 9:18 am

Everhart withdraws from Penn State search

Posted by Eric Angevine

According to a story posted overnight by the Associated Press, Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart has withdrawn his name from consideration for the open job at Penn State.

"There's just a lot of good things going on here at Duquesne, and it's just a good time for us," Everhart said. "It's become a real special place, and this is just the right thing to do."

Everhart, 49, has the Dukes in the thick of the hunt in the tough A-10 every season of late, and has three years remaining on his contract, which reportedly pays him $400,000 per season.

Attention will now turn to Milwaukee's Rob Jeter and Boston University head coach Pat Chambers, who have long been mentioned in the next tier of candidates just below Everhart.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 5:39 pm

Spiders and Owls look to break A-10 logjam

Fran Dunphy has had Temple in and out of the Top 25 all season long.

Posted by Eric Angevine

Xavier is once again the class of the A-10 conference. Their league-leading 10-1 mark includes one win apiece over each of the three teams bunched up one game behind them. Temple, Richmond and Duquesne won't get a shot at revenge unless it comes in the A-10 tournament, so the best any of them can do right now is beat each other and hope for the Musketeers to slip up.

Tonight's marquee early matchup is one of those contests that will force a breakup in the logjam at 9-2 in the league standings. The Richmond Spiders travel to Philly to take on the Temple Owls in the Licorice Liacouras Center, with each team hoping to come away with a resume-boosting win.

"It's difficult for teams at our level," Richmond coach Chris Mooney told a writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "because you don't have as many opportunities [for eye-catching wins], from the selection committee's perspective."

The Spiders and Owls have done just about everything possible to get those eye-catching wins. Temple owns wins over Georgia, Maryland and Georgetown from the non-conference season, and will play the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils on February 23. Richmond stacked their schedule with Purdue, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall and Wake Forest, losing only to the Yellowjackets. The Purdue win holds up, but the other three wins have become nearly meaningless through no fault of the schedule-makers. Richmond just happened to choose Power Six opponents who fell flat en masse this season.

Under Fran Dunphy (above), the Owls have become an elite defensive squad. Mooney's Richmond team -- the first in the A-10 to reach 20 wins this season -- revolves around the senior trio of Kevin Anderson, Justin Harper and Dan Geriot. This won't be an easy out for either team.

With that in mind, tonight's game (7:00 p.m. ET, CBS College Sports) will help settle two burning questions: Which of these teams can stay in the hunt with Xavier? and How many teams can the A-10 get into the NCAA tournament?

We'll know more before bedtime tonight.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 12:11 pm

Introducing: Line 'Em Up, a résumé examination


Posted by Matt Norlander

We’re debuting a new weekly feature today. The title I’m not so nuts about (it won over “Rivaling Résumés”), but the objective should be pretty fun. Call it a twist on bubble watching, only it’s not just that. Every Tuesday I’ll be taking teams and stacking their ledgers against each other. Sometimes it will be to debate and determine at-large inclusion into The Tournament; sometimes it will be about seeding. To start, we’ll take two pairs this Tuesday, looking at two teams firmly on the bubble, and two more you might be surprised are closer in seeding than expected at first glance.

Battle on the bubble: Duquesne vs. Oklahoma State

Duquesne has come out of nowhere, streaking with an eight-game winning streak, to be tied atop the Atlantic 10 with Xavier (both are 5-0). It’s the best start for this program in decades, so why not give them the inaugural treatment with this feature? The Dukes have a 36 ranking in KenPom world and 46 in the Sagarin universe (both objective, beautiful places to live, despite a lack of sand and constantly warm weather). Full disclaimer: I have not seen Duquesne play yet this season. There’s a strong chance you’re in my company.

With that out of the way, let’s look at what the team’s accomplished. The losses are all OK, save for the road one at Robert Morris; that did come in the Dukes’ second game of the season, the first one against a D-I opponent. As we move further and further away from the RMU loss, its meaning does diminish. Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia and George Mason (two OTs) are the others who’ve picked off the Dukes. Not embarrassing whatsoever, considering George Mason is a top-40 KenPom team. Win-wise, home vs. Temple on Jan. 15 is the only thing to hang outside the window for the Dukes.

Okie State is 14-5 and has a 73 KenPom ranking, 58 in Sagarin. Same number of losses, but the opponents are a little worse, collectively, and the teams who did fell OSU are worsening the Pokes’ reputation by the day. Losing to Texas A&M is fine and dandy, and even the Virginia Tech loss on Nov. 26 has improved with age. But Baylor, Colorado and Gonzaga are tailspinning and pulling Oklahoma State into the spiral with them.

Missouri State, who is atop the Missouri Valley, and Kansas State, those are the two wins Travis Ford’s team can be proud about right now. A win against Texas tomorrow would easily catapult Oklahoma State past Duquesne.

The pick: Oklahoma State, but it’s way close. The strength-of-schedule probably is what does it (OSU: 59; Duquesne: 127). The good news for Duquesne is the still-undefeated conference record and the fact it turns teams over at a higher rate than anyone else in the country. Chances are this team won’t be vaporizing its chances any time soon. Plus, if the Dukes finish with two losses, maybe three, in the A10, this won’t be a debate.

Who should be seeded higher: Georgia vs. Marquette

Both teams are safely in the field as of now, by my count. What’s intriguing about this pairing is how familiar you likely are with one team compared to the other. Marquette’s on national television with regularity; Georgia is not. Georgia hasn’t been for some time. Now, the Bulldogs get a game tonight on ESPN against helter-skelter Florida, and if they win, we could be looking at a 7-seed for them. Marquette gets a home game against Connecticut, which, as Andy Glockner notes this week, is now 1-seed-worthy.

So what types of seeds are we looking at for these teams? As of this moment:

Georgia, 9-seed. Wins over Colorado and UAB, two teams that will likely be irrelevant by late February, are paying off right now in bubble-watch ways. (This field is so damn weak.) The Bulldogs have the 89th-toughest schedule, according to Sagarin, which doesn’t matchup to Marquette’s No. 31. However, the Golden Eagles are a benefactor of the Big East. Georgia lost in double-OT to Notre Dame, looking better by proxy after what the Irish did last night. But let’s get right to it: beating Kentucky Jan. 8 is what gives Mark Fox’s team a lift right now. The sweep over the Mississippi schools is another trump card, but UK is the primary scalp on Georgia’s shoulder.

Marquette, 11-seed. The Eagles are below .500 in close games again, with a 2-6 record in tilts decided by five points or less. Does this sort of information get factored into seeding? It should. Marquette is 2-6 against the Sagarin top 50 and did zip outside the conference. Not one good win, unfortunately. That puts them below the dreaded 8/9 game in this year’s field as of now. Beating Notre Dame, since Georgia didn’t, is why I lined these two teams up. Will that win eventually look better than Georgia’s over Kentucky? Will be interesting to see, because the Big East is so deep, and UK will probably stay atop the SEC, per usual, bloating the significant of Georgia’s win. Buzz Williams’ team needs to win close ones, especially on the road, to climb up the seeding ladder.

Photos: AP
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