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Dukes Welcome Loyola Chicago to Pittsburgh in First-Ever Convention Matchup

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The Duquesne Dukes purpose to snap a two-game shedding streak and maintain their convention hopes alive Wednesday evening internet hosting Loyola Chicago.

Duquesne (13-7, 3-4 A-10) started the season scorching, successful seven of its first eight video games. The Dukes stumbled in Atlantic-10 play final week, shedding to 2 convention opponents now forward of them. 

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A 65-56 highway loss final Wednesday towards St. Bonaventure led to a different difficult-to-swallow defeat, this time contained in the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. Fordham entered Pittsburgh and dropped the Dukes’ spectacular residence file to 11-3 general in a 65-58 ultimate rating, slotting Duquesne ninth within the A-10.

The Dukes have performed harm at residence of their newly transformed gymnasium. Falling to Fordham was the primary residence convention lack of the yr and the primary defeat on the ground since Dec. 11 towards New Mexico State (73-60).

A brand new problem awaits within the Loyola Chicago Ramblers, a first-year opponent and latest A-10 member. The Ramblers (7-12, 1-6 A-10) earned their first convention victory, 67-55, towards St. Bonaventure. 47 of the 67 factors have been scored by gamers off the bench. Transitioning from the Missouri Valley has not been easy for Loyola Chicago. 

Dukes guard Jimmy Clark is third in convention play registering 2 steals per sport. Duquesne is the A-10’s third highest scoring workforce (74.1) whereas center of the pack in general field-goal share (43.5%), slotted ninth of 15 groups. Nevertheless, Keith Dambrot’s workforce is No. 1 in three-point capturing (36.9%), making near 9 per contest.

The Dukes additionally clear up the category on each ends. Duquesne owns the second-highest offensive rebounds per sport (13.3) among the many 15 A-10 groups and 37.1 boards general. Clark powers the workforce to a median of seven.7 steals and tied for the fewest turnovers at 11.75 per sport.

Turnovers might not are typically a difficulty for Duquesne however is a serious detriment to the Ramblers. Loyola Chicago provides the ball away over 16 instances, one turnover greater than the subsequent closest convention workforce. Tied for thirteenth in factors per sport (67.1), the workforce thrives on its shot-making potential at 47% from the ground. 

Dae Dae Grant paces Duquesne averaging workforce highs in factors (15.1) and free-throw share (84.8%) whereas capturing 41.7% from three. Clark additionally averages double figures (12.3) and shoots 42.8% general. Tre Williams performs an element on the glass as a bodily presence down low, tallying 5 rebounds per look by way of 18 video games.

3-7 of their final 10, the Ramblers are led by Philip Alston (14) and Braden Norris (10.5) as important offensive catalysis for first-year head coach Drew Valentine, changing now Oklahoma coach Porter Moser. Moser guided Cinderella No. 11 seed Loyola Chicago to the Ultimate 4 in 2018. The Ramblers have been defeated by Ohio State in Pittsburgh throughout the Spherical of 64 at PPG Paints Enviornment, now returning to the town a number of blocks away.

Duquesne leads the all-time collection 11-6 because the groups meet once more for the primary time in virtually 30 years, relationship again to Feb. 18, 1993. A win would maintain the Dukes in competition to maneuver up the convention standings and care for a beatable opponent. 

The sport might be streamed reside on ESPN+  and in addition accessible on 970 ESPN Pittsburgh with tipoff set for 7 p.m. Duquesne begins a two-game highway journey Saturday afternoon at UMASS starting at 4 p.m.



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2024 4-Star Linebacker Jeremiah Beasley Publicizes Choice Date; Pitt A Finalist

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Pitt finds themselves as a finalist for a extremely rated junior prospect.

2024 4-star outdoors linebacker Jeremiah Beasley introduced this afternoon that he’ll be making his school determination on March fifteenth at 6 PM. Beasley beforehand revealed a High 5 of: Pitt, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Beasley (6’2”, 210-pounds) is from Belleville, Michigan and is rated by 247Sports.com has the No. 13 linebacker and No. 158 total prospect within the Class of 2024.

When speaking about what stood out to him about Pat Narduzzi’s program, Beasley advised 247’s Steve Wiltfong, “their protection is particular, and their formations are superb. The campus can be in a really stunning and distinctive place.”

Archie Collins has accomplished a great job of getting Pitt in standing and in lots of instances, as a finalist with various prime Michigan recruits during the last handful of years however it’s been powerful to shut the deal when Michigan State and Michigan are concerned. Some current examples are 4-star guard Amir Herring (Michigan), 4-star guard Cole Dellinger (Michigan State) and 4-star defensive finish Jalen Thompson (Michigan State),

Will issues change with Beasley? We’ll discover out on March 15.



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3 WPIAL Stars Make Tremendous Bowl LVII

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The Tremendous Bowl have been recognized to incorporate stars from WPIAL way back to Beaver Falls’ Joe Namath calling the New York Jets victory in Tremendous Bowl III to as current as Penn Hills’ Aaron Donald sacking quarterback Joe Burrow to win final 12 months’s iteration of the basic championship recreation.

It’s practically a practice within the area to see WPIAL gamers within the recreation, a lot in order that they’ve contributed considerably to the Huge 33’s streak – a highschool all-star recreation that includes gamers from Pennsylvania and Maryland – of getting a consultant in each Tremendous Bowl in historical past.

This 12 months the WPIAL will probably be represented by three gamers in Kansas Metropolis Chiefs broad receivers Skyy Moore (Shadyside Academy) and Justin Watson (South Fayette) going towards Philadelphia Eagles working again Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills).

Moore appeared in 16 video games this previous 12 months as a rookie second spherical pick of Western Michigan, though he solely began three of these 16 video games. He completed the season with 22 catches for 250 yards.

He caught three passes for 13 yards within the Chiefs win over the Cincinnati Bengals within the AFC Championship Recreation. He’s nonetheless in the hunt for his first profession landing, which might be fairly one other WPIAL second if he have been to get that within the Tremendous Bowl.

He was key within the return recreation this season for Kansas Metropolis together with within the AFC Championship when a 29-yard punt return set-up the Chiefs’ game-winning drive at their very own 47-yard line with 30 seconds left.

His teammate Watson isn’t new to the Tremendous Bowl after having received it alongside WPIAL alumni Rob Gronkowski (Woodland Hills) and Jordan Whitehead (Central Valley) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tremendous Bowl LV.

After 4 years with the Buccaneers, Watson signed with the Chiefs this previous offseason and tied career-highs in catches (15) and touchdowns (two). He’s been used on a couple of punt returns this 12 months in addition to setting a career-high in receiving yards (315).

Sanders in the meantime has been beginning for the Eagles since being drafted within the second spherical out of Penn State in 2019. He had a profession 12 months this previous season with career-highs in dashing touchdowns (11) and dashing yards (1,269) en path to his first Professional Bowl nod, though he clearly received’t seem within the occasion this 12 months.

He’s been a constant presence at working again since being drafted with getting a minimum of 1,000 all-purpose yards in three of his 4 seasons and averaging precisely 5 yards-per-carry in his profession.

Within the NFC Championship recreation he excelled, scoring his workforce’s first two touchdowns to take 7-0 and later 14-7 leads. That 14-7 lead proved to be the distinction maker because the 49ers failed to attain one other level.



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The Frank Walker Legislation/PSN Every day Pocket book- January 31

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Replace (8:17 AM)- **On Monday, two gamers from the WPIAL acquired presents from Jap Michigan: Norwin 2024 athlete Jackson Pons and West Mifflin 2024 offensive lineman Rico Steele. Pons has earlier presents from Bowling Inexperienced, Kent State, Mississippi State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. Steele holds presents from Bowling Inexperienced, Kent State and Toledo.   SPORTS […]

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