The Duke men’s basketball program has finalized its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, featuring seven regular-season home games and a road date in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and trips to Chicago, New York and Portland.
Nine of the 17 known or potential opponents on the Blue Devils’ non-league slate made postseason appearances last season, including NCAA runner-up Gonzaga, Elite Eight participant Florida and Sweet 16 participant Butler.
As Duke has done for each of the last three seasons, it will open its 2017-18 schedule with home games on consecutive nights; the Blue Devils will play host to Elon on Nov. 10 and 2017 CBI semifinalist Utah Valley on Nov. 11. The season opener will mark the sixth consecutive year in which Duke has faced off with Elon.
The seventh edition of the State Farm Champions Classic is set for Nov. 14 at the United Center in Chicago and will pit the Blue Devils against Michigan State.
Duke owns an 11-2 lead in the series with MSU and has won the last six meetings between the programs, including a 78-69 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium last season as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. November’s Champions Classic matchup will be the seventh meeting between the programs since 2010, including two during the 2014-15 season.
The Blue Devils will host Southern on Nov. 17 before kicking off the PK80 with a home contest 2017 CIT semifinalist Furman on Nov. 20.
PK80 is a 16-team early-season men’s college basketball event honoring Nike co-founder and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight as he celebrates his 80th birthday. The two eight-team brackets will run simultaneously at the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore.
In the Motion Bracket, Duke will face Portland State in the first round on Nov. 23 and will meet either Butler or Texas on Nov. 24 depending on first-round results. Florida, Gonzaga, Ohio State and Stanford are also in the Motion Bracket and Duke will face one of them on Nov. 26.
Following the PK80, the Blue Devils will venture to Bloomington, Ind., to meet Indiana at Assembly Hall. The date of the game is yet to be determined. Duke leads the all-time series with Indiana by a 5-3 count after its Big Ten/ACC Challenge defeat of the Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2015. IU qualified for the NIT a season ago.
The Blue Devils are 16-2 (.889) all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, marking both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in the event. Duke is 3-0 against Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, winning in Durham in 2006 and 2015, and capturing a victory in Bloomington in 2005.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski spent the 1974-75 season as a graduate assistant at IU under his former coach at Army, Bob Knight. That squad posted an 18-0 record in the Big Ten and a 31-1 overall mark.
The Blue Devils will host 2017 NIT participant South Dakota on Dec. 2 and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 5 before opening ACC play on the second weekend in December. Duke will return home to face Evansville on Dec. 20 in its final game before a break for the holidays.
Duke’s final non-conference tilt of the regular season won’t occur until February 3, 2018, when it takes on St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.
Duke has a 16-6 edge in the all-time series with St. John’s and has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the schools. Coach K owns a 29-10 (.744) record at The Garden as head coach at Duke.
St. John’s is led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Chris Mullin, who played for Coach K when Krzyzewski was an assistant coach with the “Dream Team” at the 1992 Olympics.
As previously announced, Duke’s ACC schedule will include home-and-homes with North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Duke will only host Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia, while only playing road games against Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and NC State.
Prior to the start of the regular season, Duke will host Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Oct. 20, as well as exhibition games against Northwest Missouri State on Oct. 27 and Bowie State on Nov. 4.