Penn State Basketball to Play Duquesne in Pittsburgh This December

By Dan Smith on May 10, 2018 at 11:45 am
Duquesne Dukes head coach Keith Dambrot speaks with Duquesne Dukes guard Rene Castro-Caneddy

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The Penn State men's basketball team will complete a home-and-home series with Duquesne this fall, after skipping the 2017-18 season. The Nittany Lions will travel to PPG Paints Arena for a December 19 matchup, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and FanRag.

Penn State last faced the Dukes in 2016-17, notching their first win of the season at home. In 2015-16, the Nittany Lions played Duquesne in Pittsburgh at the same arena (then called the CONSOL Energy Center) and got smoked by the Dukes in a 78-52 loss.

There are only two Penn State players who played in that Pittsburgh game still on the roster: seniors Josh Reaves and Deivis Zemgulis. However, Penn State also sports assistant coach Jim Ferry, who was Duquesne's head coach for each of those two meetings.

Penn State's full out-of-conference schedule for 2018-19 is far from set. With the conference moving to a 20-game schedule, there are even tighter constraints on what they can schedule. That said, we can make some educated guesses: participation in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, a return to the Gavitt Games (Big Ten/Big East), and possible participation in an exempt tournament. The Nittany Lions may also be involved in a neutral site game in Atlantic City.