The preseason poll of the league's coaches and media picked Jim Ferry's team to finish 16th out of 16 without any players on the three all-Conference teams, the all-defensive team, or all-rookie team.
Ferry has a lot to do after the departure of Ron Everhart, whose highest finish in six seasons was fourth place in 2011, and whose teams only won one game in a postseason tournament -- a first-round matchup in the third-tier CBI that same year. The team loses four of its top five scorers, with senior guard Sean Johnson expected to carry the majority of the load for a team with nine players who are sophomores or younger.
"This isn’t the type of league you’re going to come into, say, ‘Bang!’ and get it done," said (Ferry), a two-time NEC Coach of the Year. "The first thing we have to do is establish a foundation.
Ferry comes to Duquesne after leading the Long Island Blackbirds to back-to-back Northeast Conference titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.