ESPN picks two Duke games for College GameDay
Two ACC basketball games will be part of ESPN’s College GameDay series this season and Duke will be involved in both.
The ACC and ESPN announced Wednesday that Duke’s Feb. 1 game at Syracuse and North Carolina’s visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 8 will be College GameDay productions.
Duke’s Feb. 1 game at Syracuse will mark the Blue Devils’ first visit to the Carrier Dome as an ACC rival of the Orange. The team’s head coaches, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, are the only active Division I men’s basketball coaches with more than 900 career wins.
Syracuse officials are considering reconfiguring the court placement for the game to allow extra seating. A crowd of 50,000 could be possible for the game, which will tip at 6:30 p.m.
College GameDay’s will visit Cameron Indoor Stadium for the UNC-Duke game in Durham for the second time in three years. The show was also in Durham for the regular-season finale in 2012.
The March 8, 2014 visit will mark the fifth time Duke has hosted College GameDay, the most among ACC schools. The UNC at Duke game will tip at 9 p.m.
College GameDay will also produce a special 30-minute edition at the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 12 from Chicago’s United Center. The doubleheader that night will have Kentucky playing Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. and Duke playing Kansas in the second game.
Duke has appeared on College GameDay five times over the last four years. This season will be the first time since the 2009-10 season that Duke made two appearances in the same season.
The Duke-UNC game continues to be a popular matchup for the show. Since the show debuted in 2005, the clash between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels has been selected five times. Four of those games have been in Durham.
College GameDay's first appearance in Chapel Hill for Duke-UNC came last March.
Here are the known dates for Duke’s 2013-14 schedule so far:
Nov. 8, Davidson
Nov. 12, vs. Kansas (at United Center, Chicago), 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 15, Florida Atlantic
Nov. 18, Norfolk State
Nov. 19, East Carolina or North Carolina-Asheville
Nov. 24, Vermont
Nov. 27, Preseason NIT semifinal (at Madison Square Garden, New York)
Nov. 29, Preseason NIT final (at Madison Square Garden, New York)
Dec. 3, Michigan
Dec. 16, Gardner-Webb
Dec. 19, UCLA (at Madison Square Garden, New York)
Dec. 28, E. Michigan
Dec. 31, Elon (at Greensboro Coliseum)
Jan. 13, Virginia, 7 p.m.
Jan. 27, at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1, at Syracuse, 6:30 p.m.
March 8, North Carolina, 9 p.m.