Duke basketball to open ACC schedule at Notre Dame
Duke opens the ACC basketball season this January in a place it never has before.
Notre Dame, one of three newcomers to ACC basketball this season, will welcome the Blue Devils for the team’s league opener on Jan. 4 in South Bend, Ind.
CBS will televise the game nationally with WRAL carrying it in the Triangle.
The ACC and Duke announced the full basketball schedule on Thursday and, as previously announced, Duke will play games at each of the three new ACC schools — Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
The trips to Pittsburgh and Syracuse will be consecutive games, but the Blue Devils will have time to travel home in between.
Duke plays at Pittsburgh on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., part of ESPN’s Big Monday games. The Blue Devils play at Syracuse on Feb. 1, a Saturday, at 6:30 p.m. in a game that’s part of ESPN’s College Gameday series.
Syracuse makes its first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium as an ACC foe on Feb. 22 for a 6 p.m. game that ESPN will broadcast. Pittsburgh and Notre Dame don’t play at Duke this season.
While playing in the Big East last season, all three teams surpassed the 20-win total and made the NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse went 30-10 and made the Final Four.
The Orange aren’t the only Final Four team from last year that Duke will face this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season.
Michigan, which went 31-8 and lost to Louisville 82-76 in the NCAA championship game, comes to Durham for a 9:15 p.m. game on Dec. 3. That game is part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Blue Devils have 12 teams on their schedule who participated in the NCAA Tournament last spring. Duke’s first two opponents were both in the tournament.
Duke opens the season Nov. 8 at home with Davidson in a 7 p.m. game on ESPNU. The Blue Devils take the weekend off before traveling to Chicago for the Nov. 12 Champions Classic doubleheader at the United Center. Michigan State plays Kentucky with Duke facing Kansas in a game that starts at 10 p.m.
Kansas made the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last season, losing to Michigan, and added Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 ranked player in this year’s freshman class.
Also in nonconference play, the Blue Devils are in the Preseason NIT field as one of four hosts for early-round games. Arizona, Alabama and Rutgers are the other hosts. Each has to win their two home games to reach New York for the semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27 and 29.
Duke plays UNC Asheville on Nov. 18 with Norfolk State and East Carolina playing the second game of a doubleheader that night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils will face either Norfolk State or ECU on Nov. 19.
Duke will also play in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 19 against UCLA.
Duke’s home ACC games include visits from N.C State (Jan. 18, 2 p.m.) and Florida State (Jan. 25, noon).
Maryland and Duke play their final regular-season game as ACC foes on Feb. 15 at Cameron Indoor. The game starts at 6 p.m.
The Duke-UNC games are Feb. 12 at Chapel Hill and March 8 at Durham. Both are 9 p.m. tips.
With the ACC now part of Big Monday, the Blue Devils have two Saturday-Monday turnarounds. Both are in January.
Duke plays at Clemson on Jan. 11 (noon start) before coming home to face Virginia on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
On Jan. 25, Duke plays Florida State at Cameron before traveling to play at Pittsburgh on Jan. 27.
Duke returns to Coral Gables, Fla., to face Miami on Jan. 22. Last year, the Hurricanes blasted the Blue Devils 90-63 at the BankUnited Center on their way to the ACC championship.
The Blue Devils hold their annual Countdown to Craziness celebration on Oct. 18 at Cameron before hosting exhibitions against Bowie State (Oct. 26) and Drury (Nov. 2).
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