The City Game, an annual tradition since 1932 where Duquesne and Pitt’s basketball programs go to battle against each other, usually at a neutral site.
Pitt has a 14-game winning streak against Duquesne the past 14 years, but the Dukes look like they are ready to put up one of their toughest fights in years.
Pitt is coming off a tough loss against Purdue last time out, so they cannot fold in this one and let Duquesne put a dent in the Panthers solid start to the season. Although, an easy win will not be the case.
News flash — Duquesne is a pretty good basketball team.
Coming in with a 6-1 record, the Dukes have impressive wins over a good team in Western Kentucky and a blowout win over Penn State at Consol Energy Center in game 3.
Pitt has also been playing well to this point other than the blemish Purdue put on the Panther’s slate, but it was a good loss — if there is such a thing.
Duquesne does not have much size, but Darius Lewis (6’11”) will give the Panthers fits in the paint. Also, Duquesne standouts Derrick Colter and Micah Mason will give Michael Young and company a tough time to come in expecting a win. Colter and Mason are a major part of the reason why Duquesne is shooting 51% from the field. Pitt will need to make them give it to the big men inside.
Watch out for TySean Powell and Eric James for the Dukes in this one, both came off the bench and played themselves into more minutes as the season plays on.
James Robinson and Michael Young, the leaders of Pitt’s offense, will need to continue their solid play tonight.
Do not forget, this is a game that Duke fans want to win badly every year. Just look Duquesne’s student section’s Twitter page, they put slogans all over the concrete around Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning.
Duquesne is off to their best start since the 2007-2008 season, can this be the year they finally end Pitt’s 14-year winning streak in the City Game?