Duquesne Coach Says They Must Beat Pitt To Be Relevant

Keith Dambrot says he believes his Dukes can hang in there with Pitt.

The Fan Morning Show
November 29, 2018 - 2:23 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The City Game between the Pitt Panthers and Duquesne Dukes is one of Pittsburgh’s longest traditions dating back to 1932 and over the last 30 years has been dominated by the Panthers.

That is something Dukes coach Keith Dambrot says needs to change if his program is to be taken seriously.

The Duke’s second-year coach tells the Fan Morning Show he doesn’t put much emphasis on one game but they have to beat Pitt to be considered a contender.

“When Duquesne hasn’t been in the NCAA Tournament for over 40 years, we have to prove to the Pittsburgh people we are relevant again so beating Pitt is a must at some point or nobody is really going to believe that Duquesne can come back and be a relevant program,” said Dambrot.

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Dambrot says the biggest difference he has seen in Pitt so far this season is how “gritty” they are.

“That’s probably the biggest change is they’re a very gritty team now. I thought last year they were a little bit more finesseful (sic), said Dambrot. “This year’s team is gritty, they’re tough, they’re hard-nosed, (and) they’re built at the defensive end.”

Dambrot says he believes they can shoot the basketball and hang in there with Pitt.

“They certainly aren’t out of our league talent wise but again they’re ACC recruits so they’re high-level players. We just have to go in there and compete and play hard and we should be right there at the end.”

Pitt has won the last 32 of 35 games with the Duke’s most recent win in 2016.

Listen to the 87th GMC City Game at PPG Paints Arena at 7 p.m. Friday night on The Fan.

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