For the first time in the 105-year history of their basketball program, Duquesne will play the same opponent on consecutive days.
The Dukes basketball program announced on Thursday that they will play George Washington in back-back games this weekend in Washington DC.
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Originally, Duquesne was scheduled to just play George Washington on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 PM and that will still happen. The two programs have now agreed to also play the following day, with a tipoff set for 2 PM. This will replace the game George Washington was scheduled to play in Pittsburgh on February 24.
“In a season like this one, you have to come up with creative ways to get games in,” said head coach Keith Dambrot. “We’ll both be in the same place at the same time, so why not play two? I know our team is looking forward to the challenge.”
This will be the first time since 1987 that Duquesne will play regular-season conference games on back-back days (Saint Joseph on Jan 3. and West Virginia on Jan 4.)
The game on Saturday will be televised on NBCSN, while Sunday’s game will be carried on ESPN+.
Following the pair of games this weekend, Duquesne will have a quick turnaround as they’ll play their home opener on Tuesday against Davidson at La Roche University. This will be the Dukes latest home opener in 89 years.