Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duquesne Picked to Finish Last in A-10

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duquesne Picked to Finish Last in A-10

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Duquesne was picked to finish last in the Atlantic 10 Conference preseason coaches poll today, released at the league's annual media day in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Dukes, ranked No. 16, are expected to be in rebuilding mode this year.

The Dukes underwent significant upheaval last spring, losing two point guards who transferred and firing coach Ron Everhart. Jim Ferry was hired later from Long Island University-Brooklyn.

No players were chosen for the preseason offensive, defensive or all-rookie teams either.

Saint Joseph's was picked to finish No. 1, followed by Saint Louis, VCU, Temple, Massachusetts, Butler, La Salle, Dayton, Xavier, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Charlotte, George Washington, Fordham, Rhode Island and Duquesne.

Duquesne went 16-15 last year and 7-9 in the A-10.

-- Jenn Menendez, The Pittsburgh Press

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