Duquesne Basketball History

The 2015-16 season marked the 100th in the history of Duquesne Men’s Basketball. In conjunction with that monumental event, the Department of Athletics compiled a list of memorable moments, created a year-by-year timeline and – with the help of Duquesne fans – selected a 25-man All-Century Team. Please enjoy this look at DU’s basketball history.

Duquesne, which played its first game on Jan. 9, 1914, was one of the first schools in the nation to disband its program (1944-45-46) to assist with the World War II effort. That is just one of the interesting chapters in DU's storied history.

Follow the "Duquesne Basketball Timeline" link to find out who wrestled a 675-pound Alaskan brown bear the day after a win over Xavier in 1970. Learn which Duke - who also happens to hold the men's college basketball single-game scoring record for Pittsburgh's Civic Arena - was taken in the third round of the 1966 Major League Baseball January Amateur draft, among other interesting notes.

Check out the "Memorable Moments" link to learn when the Dukes rose to the top of both the AP and UPI polls, what year DU became the first school to play in both the NIT and NCAA Tournament in the same season. Relive Norm Nixon Night and learn how Duquesne was at the forefront in the recruitment of African-American student-athletes.

Don’t forget to click on the names of the All-Century Team members to learn more about the all-time greats who played key roles in Duquesne’s basketball history.

Duquesne Basketball Timeline


The Duquesne All-Century Team is comprised of DU's 11 All-Americans, as well as those who have had their jersey retired (12 total). In addition, a special fan vote was conducted to determine the remaining members of the team. We thank Dukes fans for their participation in assembling this team of all-time greats.

Click the names below to view more information on each player.



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