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Ovie Soko earns All-Atlantic 10 third-team honors ... snubbed?

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Duquesne senior forward Ovie Soko was named to the All-Atlantic 10 third team Tuesday morning. Soko led the conference in scoring (18.2 ppg) and was sixth in rebounding (7.8 rpg). He was the only player in the top-10 in both points and rebounds, and was the only forward in the top 13 scorers in the league.

A Soko snub? Well, as it tends to happen with these all-conference teams, players from top-flight teams were definitely rewarded. All five members of the first team are from top-five teams in the league. All five members of the second team are from top-eight teams. Duquesne is No. 10.

That Soko wasn't on the first team is understandable, given how record will factor into it. That he wasn't on the second team is a pretty surprising. Soko would seem to be one of the top four big men in this league.

However, if you look at the breakdown, the first team is comprised of four guards and a forward. The second team is three forwards and two guards. So, Soko making the third team means voters saw him as the fifth- or sixth-best big man in the A-10.

All-A10 first team:

Jordair Jett, G, Saint Louis — A10 player of the year (13.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.9 rpg) 
Chaz Williams, G, UMass (15.8 ppg, 7.1 apg)
Langston Galloway, G, Saint Joseph's (17.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
Treveon Graham, G, VCU (15.6 ppg, 7.1 apg)
Dwayne Evans, F, Saint Louis (14.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg)

All-A10 second team:

Isaiah Armwood, F, George Washington (12.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg)
Tyreek Duren, G, La Salle (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg)
Kendall Anthony, G, Richmond (16.0 ppg)
Halil Kanecevic, F, Saint Joseph's (10.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.4 apg)
Juvonte Reddic, F, VCU (12.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg)

All-A10 third team:

Devin Oliver, F, Dayton (12.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
Ovie Soko, F, Duquesne (18.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
Maurice Creek, G, George Washington (14.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Patricio Garino, F, George Washington (12.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
Ronald Roberts, Jr., F, St. Joseph's (14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

Here are the A-10 forwards placed ahead of Soko (18.2 ppg/7.8 rpg): Evans (14.0/6.4), Armwood (12.3/8.7), Kanecevic (10.3/8.3), Reddic (12.5/8.5).

Other sad people today: Fordham's Branden Frazier (18.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.3 apg) and Jon Severe (17.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), St. Bonaventure's Matthew Wright (16.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg/apg), Rhode Island's Xavier Munford (16.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg), George Mason's Byron Allen (15.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and Sherrod Wright (15.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg). 

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It's time for Home Improvement

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

Spring is nigh, more or less, and we know that because Park Place/Regent Square are holding their annual home improvement workshop. We know that thanks to Marlene Green, a board member of the Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association.
 
On March 22, from 10a to noon, the seventh annual event sponsored by the Park Place association and the Regent Square Civic Association will be held at the Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church, 905 Mifflin Ave., Regent Square. 
 
The workshop is free and open to the general public but the information will skew East End-centric, like many things in Pittsburgh these days.
 
Doors open at 9.30. The neighborhood groups are supplying complimentary coffee and bagels.
 
This year’s theme is “Exterior Restoration and Renovation: Maintaining Your Home’s Architectural Style.” 
 
Professionals will present information and a survey of historic housing styles in the East End. They will talk about site planning, landscaping, defining features and materials.
 
You can also meet individually with representatives from the Design Center from 11 to noon. If you want consultation, it will help if you bring photographs or drawings that feature your specific issues of interest. 
 
 

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Pitt, Duquesne law schools move up in US News rankings

Written by Kim Lyons on .

Both the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Duquesne Law School moved up significantly in the annual ranking of law schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Pitt's law school, which dropped in last year's ranking from 69th to 91st, moved up ten spots in the latest survey, to No. 81, tied with nine other law schools.

Duquesne Law, which made the list last year for the first time in a decade, coming in at No. 144, moved up to No. 121 on this year's list, in a five-way tie.

The report, which uses criteria including students' acceptance rates, job placement rates and law school admission test scores, examined 194 accredited schools.

Yale University topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and the University of Chicago.


The full list can be found here: US News 2015 Best Law Schools

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 03-11-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Everybody needs points, especially at this time of year. You could tell they were playing desperate. We're going to expect much the same [tonight]." - Sidney Crosby on facing the Capitals once again tonight.

-The Washington Post's recap. “Every time when we don’t win the game it’s [a] putback in the standings. We now in desperate position and we going to fight through it.” - Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Their big dogs scored." - Capitals coach Adam Oates on the Penguins.

-Highlights:

-Ovechkin slammed Brandon Sutter into the Penguins' bench:

-Washington's Brooks Laich chased down Olli Maatta:

-Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov made his NHL debut:

-Stretchy times for the Capitals:

-Washington's Joel Ward took a tumble near Craig Adams:

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-As is tradition for Penguins fans in Washington, D.C., a postgame rally was held across the street at Smithsonian American Art Museum:

-“We were spending too much time playing in our end. We were defending hard, but we don’t want to play down there all game. We want to get in, retrieve pucks, break up their cycle and get out of there as fast as we can. We’re struggling with that right now.” - Craig Adams.

-“That’s the kind of thing that builds rivalries. I’d imagine that kind of thing doesn’t happen on the schedule by accident. I think it’s fun.” - Tanner Glass on facing the Capitals on back-to-back nights.

-The Flyers will unveil a statue of former head coach Fred Shero near the site of The Spectrum prior to Saturday's game against the Penguins. Shero, who passed away in 1990, was the father of Penguins general manager Ray Shero.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled goaltender Eric Hartzell, forward Tom Kuhnhackl and defenseman Harrison Ruopp from the Wheeling Nailers.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Nils Ekman. Acquired in the 2006 offseason in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Sharks, Ekman, appeared in 34 games for the 2006-07 Penguins and recorded 15 points. In an 4-3 home loss to the Lightning, Nov. 8, 2006, he did set the franchise record for fastest hat trick when he scored three goals in a span of 4:10 (below). He played in one postseason game that spring and failed to record a point. The following offseason, he signed with Khimik Mytischi in Russia.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Paul Bissonnette. A fourth-round pick in 2003, Bissonnette's only season with the Penguins saw him play in 15 games while recording one assist and 22 penalty minutes in 2008-09. During the 2009 offseason, he was claimed off waivers from the Coyotes. He is still a member of the Coyotes.

-Happy 74th birthday to former Penguins forward Bill LeCaine. A free agent signing in the 1967 offseason, Lecaine's NHL career amounted to four games with the 1968-69 Penguins. The following season, he joined the Port Huron Flags of the IHL.

-After the Jump: A scary night in Dallas.

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Jim Ferry discusses A-10 tourney opener vs. Richmond

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GoDuquesne.com

Duquesne coach Jim Ferry joined a few media members for a brief roundtable Monday afternoon at Palumbo Center. The 10th-seeded Dukes will fly out Tuesday to Brooklyn, where they wait to meet No. 7 seed Richmond Thursday afternoon.

Here's the bulk of our conversation ...

How are you feeling going into the A-10 tourney?

"I feel good about our team. I've said it all along: it's a resilient group of guys. We haven't had a bad practice all year. Even in our ups and our downs, these guys have come out every single day. I said at the start of the year that with all these news guys we're trying to blend together that we're going to be better at the end of the year. And we're playing really good basketball right now. I know we're only 2-2 over our last four games, but considering who we played and the types of games we had, we're playing really good basketball right now. That's our focus over the next two days of practice is to continue to get better and hopefully peak as we get into tournament time — I know it's a coaches' cliché, but anybody that has seen us understands what I'm talking about. We're clicking right now. Guys understand exactly what their roles are and how to play off each other. We're defending significantly better, with better purpose, with a better sense of urgency. We're rebounding the basketball with everybody in our league right now, with the highest-level teams. When we do that, offensively we can click, and offensively we're hard to match up to."

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