Different tourneys, similar journeys for Buscaglia, Burt

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Charlie Buscaglia talks to his players during a practice at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. Thursday. — AP

For Charlie Buscaglia, it was watching this year's group of Robert Morris women's basketball seniors win their third Northeast Conference Tournament title in four years. For Dan Burt, it was when he returned home to Pittsburgh to join Duquesne's women's staff in 2007. 

Two different instances were the a-ha moments for two different longtime coaches at their respective programs. Their journeys now have both coaches in the postseason once again. For Robert Morris (22-10), Friday marks their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years with seven years of postseason play since 2007. For Duquesne (18-15), Friday's first-round game in the WNIT serves as the ninth straight postseason appearance for the Dukes, the longest current streak among Division I schools in Pennsylvania in men's and women's hoops.

And both Buscaglia and Burt have been there to see it all. What's most interesting, maybe, is the way both coaches have built their program, putting recruiting and culture at the forefront to serve as the backbone of success during the last decade.