Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Set Early Games

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Set Early Games

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Duquesne released its 2014-15 non-conference men's basketball schedule Wednesday, highlighted by local rivalry games against Pitt, Robert Morris and Penn State, and seven games at Palumbo Center.

The Dukes will open play Nov. 15 against Bluefield State, and travel to Abilene, Texas, for their first road game Nov. 22 against Abilene Christian.

The annual City Game against Pitt is Dec. 5 at Consol Energy Center. The Dukes will follow that up with games Dec. 10 at Penn State Dec. 10 and Dec. 13 at Robert Morris.

Jim Ferry, entering his third year as coach, will return four starters from a team that finished 13-17 overall, 5-10 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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Pitt women's basketball released its 2014-15 non-conference schedule.

The slate is highlighted by two games against Big Ten Confernce opponents, as well as the annual crosstown rivalry game against Duquesne.

The Panthers will host Michigan Nov. 20 in a return game after the Wolverines' 82-75 win in Ann Arbor last season. On Dec. 3, Pitt will travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State in the Panthers' first ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. They return home Dec. 7 to play Duquesne at A.J. Palumbo Center.

Pitt coach Suzie McConnell-Serio is entering her second season at the school. The Panthers finished last year 11-20 overall, 3-13 in the ACC, but did show improvement, winning a conference game for the first time in three seasons.

* The NCAA granted a medical hardship waiver to Connecticut forward Morgan Tuck, who had two knee surgeries and missed most of the national championship run in the spring. The school announced that Tuck, a junior academically, was awarded an extra year of eligibility and now has three remaining.

* Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.

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