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Xavier, Dayton, Temple among Duquesne's A-10 home foes

| Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Duquesne will entertain NCAA Tournament teams Xavier and Temple and NIT-qualifier Dayton in Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball games at Palumbo Center this season.

The release of the 2008-09 men's and women's conference schedules enabled Duquesne today to complete its own schedules.

Duquesne's 16-game conference men's schedule includes two meetings each with Dayton, Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure and one each with the remaining 10 schools.

In addition, Duquesne has agreed to play Old Dominion in a Dec. 17 home game after the Dukes' schedule was left with a vacancy following a scheduling conflict with Oakland (Mich.). The teams are expected to resume the series in 2009-10 at Palumbo Center.

Meanwhile, the Duquesne women's team opens its A-10 schedule with three road games beginning Jan. 14 at Xavier. The Dukes' first scheduled conference home game at Palumbo Center is Jan. 28 against St. Bonaventure.

Four of Duquesne's 13 non-conference home opponents (Duke, Pitt, Robert Morris and West Virginia) won at least 25 games last season.

The Duquesne men's team will make its first ESPN appearance since 1995 at Duke on Nov. 28. The Dukes men's and women's team open their regular seasons with a doubleheader Nov. 14 at Palumbo Center. The men's team faces High Point and the women's team meets Morehead State.

The men's team begins A-10 play at home for the second consecutive season. The Dukes will face Charlotte on Jan. 7 before a road game Jan. 10 against St. Bonaventure. They're followed by consecutive home games against George Washington (Jan. 14) and Dayton (Jan. 17).

Three other January games are scheduled: at Saint Joseph's (Jan. 21), at Fordham (Jan. 25) and at home for a rematch with St. Bonaventure (Jan. 31).

February home opponents for the Dukes include defending regular-season champion Xavier (Feb. 7) and A-10 Tournament winner Temple (Feb. 15). Duquesne will face Saint Louis (Feb. 4), Richmond (Feb. 11), La Salle (Feb. 22) and Massachusetts (Feb. 25) on the road.

Back-to-back home games kick off March's opponents -- Rhode Island (March 1) and Saint Louis (March 4). A trip to Dayton (March 7) closes out the regular-season schedule.

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