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Biggest Test Yet for Fred Hoiberg and Nebraska in Matchup with the Duquesne Dukes: Preview and Game Thread

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I know you don’t know how to pronounce Duquesne but they might be the best team Nebraska has seen so far through this young season.

This is the last game in the Cornhusker Classic which is the four-team event in which Nebraska plays Rider, Stony Brook and Duquesne and those three teams all play each other.

Well Duquesne is currently 2-0 in the Cornhusker Classic and current sit at 4-1 on the season.

They beat Stony Brook 85-63 and they beat Rider 77-58.

Nebraska beat Stony Brook 84-63 and they beat Rider 64-50.

So buckle up Husker fans.

The Huskers are 5-0 for the first time since 2008-2009 season and are led by a deep group of contributors. There is always the name to keep an eye on in Keisei Tominaga but Brice Williams, Rienk Mast and Juwan Gary can show up any night and drop 20 plus points.

Even though Nebraska beat Oregon State comfortably, it is likely that Duquesne is the best team they will have played as of yet.


Pertinent Info

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE.

TV: Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Nick Bahe.

Radio: Wednesday’s game will be carried on the Huskers Radio Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call, including KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln, KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington and will also be available on Huskers.com and the Huskers app. The pregame show begins an hour before tipoff.

Looking at Duquesne from Huskers.com:

Duquesne comes to Lincoln with a 4-1 record following a 77-58 win over Rider. The Dukes returned three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that went 20-13 and reached the CBI. Duquesne has four Division I transfers in a 10-member class, and they were picked to finish fourth in that A-10 preseason poll. The Dukes are averaging 79.6 points per game and have scored 75 or more points four times in five games, including a season-high 90 points against Charleston. Duquesne’s only loss was a three-point loss to unbeaten Princeton, a game where the Dukes missed a shot in the final seconds which would have given them the lead.

The Dukes are led by the backcourt of Dae Dae Grant and Jimmy Clark III, who were both chosen to the preseason all-conference team. Grant earned second-team All A-10 honors last season and the senior guard comes into Wednesday’s game averaging 20.2 points per game. He leads the A-10 in scoring and has three 20-point games in the first five games. Clark, who was on the all-conference defensive team, is averaging 17.8 points per game on nearly 50 percent shooting and ranks among the NCAA leaders with 3.2 steals per game.

Keith Dambrot is in his seventh season in charge of the Dukes program and guided Duquesne to 20 wins and an appearance in the 2023 CBI. Prior to taking over at Duquesne, he spent 13 seasons at Akron, guiding the Zips to four Mid-American Conference regular-season titles and 10 postseason appearances, including NCAA bids in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He also coached at Central Michigan, Ashland (Ohio) and Tiffin (Ohio) and St. Vincent-St. James High School in Akron, Ohio, where he won two state titles.

Nebraska is 1-2 all-time against Duquesne, but the teams have not played since a 75-53 Dukes win on Dec. 6, 1971. The other two meetings took place in 1948 and 1969. The Huskers are 12-13 all-time against teams from the Atlantic 10 but have not played anyone from the A-10 since 2019 (George Mason).