Prugar: February woes nearly crippling Pittsburgh hoops teams

Posted on Feb 10 2018 - 11:03am by Jarrod Prugar
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The month of February has not been kind to the three Division 1 basketball teams in the Pittsburgh area as not one of the three teams has managed a win since January.

Between Duquesne, Pitt and Robert Morris, the trio of schools are 0-7 in games played this month amounting to a less than stellar start to what is a pivotal month in conference play for the schools. Even the Robert Morris women’s basketball team took their first loss of the conference season against St. Francis last Saturday after beginning the season 9-0 in NEC play.

While all three teams do play their games within the city limits of Pittsburgh and play in three separate conferences, all three are strikingly similar in how their rosters are made up, contributing to what could be considered a late-season lull for the teams drinking from the fountain of youth.

That said, however, each if the three programs recover the futures for all continue to be bright as they build on the successes each has had this season.

Pittsburgh Panthers

The Panthers of Pittsburgh have had their hands full so far this season battling through a steady diet of injuries and struggles.

February has been no different for the Panthers as they have continued their losing ways in the ACC losing by 31 points at the hands of North Carolina and getting walloped by Clemson by a 24-point margin Wednesday night.

The month hasn’t been all too terrible from personal perspectives as Terrell Brown accumulated a career-high 18-points while adding eight rebounds in a losing effort for Pitt against Clemson Wednesday night.

Duquesne Dukes

The Dukes have lost their last two games heading into their game against Fordham on Saturday. It was the St. Bonaventure who got the best of Duquesne during their last home game, beating the home team by three points.

It was a road trip to Dayton that saw the Dukes getting beat by 15-points in what is their most lopsided conference loss of the season. Duquesne has continuously been in games late only to see the opposing team get timely buckets and pull away when they need to the most.

Following their game against Fordham, the Dukes head to Philadelphia to take on St. Joseph’s before a rematch against St. Bonaventure awaits them on the Feb. 24.

Keith Dambrot’s team is still young and trying to find themselves, but they will need to get some wins strung together to boost their momentum heading into the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Robert Morris Colonials

Echoing the recent performances of their Division 1 hoops counterparts in the Steel City, the Colonials have seemingly regressed to their performance over the last three games as they have struggled to find any consistency on either side of the court.

Andy Toole’s squad, once in a battle for first place in the Northeast Conference, has fallen to sixth in the standings as a result of their four-game losing skid. Robert Morris got routed by Mount St. Marys to begin the month of February by way of a 25-point defeat only to lose by five and 12-points respectively to Farleigh Dickinson and St. Francis Brooklyn, respectively.

The Colonials have games against Central Connecticut State and Bryant who are currently behind them in the standings as Robert Morris attempts to get back to their winning ways before the end of the conference season.

Photo of Duquesne University against Dayton courtesy of Duquesne Athletics.