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Consol Energy Center to host Duquesne basketball games

The Duquesne men's basketball team will play at least three games this season at the Consol Energy Center, the school announced Tuesday.

Details of the Dukes' season-opening game against a yet-to-be determined opponent and the site of their annual City Game against Pitt on Dec. 1 weren't immediately revealed, leaving open the possibility that one or both could be played at the new arena.

The Dukes are scheduled to face West Virginia, a Final Four team last season, on Dec. 12; Dayton on Jan. 30; and Xavier on Feb. 13 at Consol.

Duquesne, which lost to Princeton in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational and posted a 16-16 record last season, will face 13 opponents that reached the postseason, including six that played in the NCAA Tournament.

Duquesne's Atlantic 10 opener is Jan. 5 at Saint Joseph's.

Six games have been confirmed for television broadcasts, including against West Virginia on CBS College Sports and Penn State on Dec. 4 on the Big Ten Network. The others are A-10 games on CBS College Sports against Temple (Jan. 15), Charlotte (Jan. 22), Dayton (Feb. 19) and Richmond (March 5).

Duquesne said the opening game date and opponent were expected to be announced later this week. The remaining 11 home games will be played at Palumbo Center.

"We're really looking forward to playing in both a renovated Palumbo Center as well as what is already one of the great arenas in the country in the Consol Energy Center," said Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, beginning his fifth season with the Dukes and 17th overall.

Renovations over the summer to Palumbo Center include the addition of chairback seats on both sides of the playing floor, four new lower-level corner scoreboards and custom-designed center-hung Daktronics video board.

"Our fans will not only be treated to some great new amenities, but they'll also have the opportunity to see some pretty good college basketball," said Everhart, who welcomes back four starters, including senior forward Damian Saunders, the 2009 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Additional Information:

The schedule, so far

Nov. 19: at Robert Morris, TBA

Nov. 22: at Bowling Green, 7 p.m.

Nov. 27: Maryland-Baltimore County, 7 p.m.

Dec. 1: at Pittsburgh, TBA

Dec. 4: at Penn St., 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Dec. 8: at at Wisconsin-Green Bay, 8:05 p.m.

Dec. 12: West Virginia (at Consol Energy Center), 6 p.m. (CBS College Sports)

Dec. 18: Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis, 7 p.m.

Dec. 22: George Mason, 8 p.m.

Dec. 31: Northwestern St., La., 4 p.m.

Jan. 2: Norfolk St., 4 p.m.

Jan. 5: at Saint Joseph's, TBA

Jan. 8: at Houston Baptist, TBA

Jan. 12: Saint Louis, TBA

Jan. 15: Temple, TBA (CBS College Sports)

Jan. 19: at La Salle, TBA

Jan. 22: Charlotte, TBA (CBS College Sports)

Jan. 26: at Fordham, TBA

Jan. 30: Dayton (at Consol Energy Center), 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: George Washington, TBA

Feb. 5: at St. Bonaventure, TBA

Feb. 13: Xavier (at Consol Energy Center), 2 p.m.

Feb. 16: at Massachusetts, TBA

Feb. 19: at Dayton, TBA (CBS College Sports)

Feb. 23: Rhode Island, TBA

Feb. 26: at Saint Louis, TBA

March 2: St. Bonaventure, TBA

March 5: at Richmond, TBA (CBS College Sports)

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