The Duke men’s basketball team has finalized the remainder of its 2018-19 non-conference schedule, featuring eight regular-season home games and a match-up versus Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden in December.
Seven of Duke’s known or potential opponents on the non-league slate reached the NCAA Tournament last season, including Elite Eight participant Texas Tech, and Sweet 16 teams Kentucky and Gonzaga.
The marquee season-opening clash with the Wildcats in the State Farms Champions Classic in Indianapolis, along with a home game versus Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, had previously been announced. The Maui Jim Maui Invitational bracket, which includes an opening game versus San Diego State, was unveiled earlier this week.
Duke unwraps its home schedule on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, versus Army West Point. The alma mater of head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Army will be making its sixth visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
On Thursday, December 20, Madison Square Garden welcomes a pair of Elite Eight teams from last season in Duke and Texas Tech. No strangers to the World’s Most Famous Arena, the Blue Devils will be playing their 60th game at MSG where they are 37-22 all-time — 29-11 under Coach K.
Duke’s non-conference slate concludes on Saturday, February 2 when St. John’s visits Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have a 16-7 edge in the all-time series with the Red Strom and have won nine of the last 11 meetings.
The remainder of Duke’s non-conference home schedule includes Eastern Michigan (Nov. 14), Stetson (Dec. 1), Hartford (Dec. 5), Yale (Dec. 8) and Princeton (Dec. 18).
As previously announced, Duke’s ACC schedule includes home-and-homes with North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest. Duke will only host Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and NC State, while only playing road games against Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
Prior to the start of the regular season, the Blue Devils host Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m., along with exhibition games against Virginia Union (Oct. 23, 7 p.m.) and Ferris State (Oct. 27, 4 p.m.).
Duke’s Non-Conference Opponents
Kentucky (Nov. 6, Indianapolis): 26-11 last season… Reached Sweet 16…Duke has won three of the last four in the series with Kentucky…Duke is 4-3 in the State Farms Champions Classic…Duke is 2-0 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Army West Point (Nov. 11, Cameron Indoor): Duke is 10-3 in the series – 6-0 under Coach K…The Black Knights played at Cameron five times between 1996 and 2002 and didn’t return until 2014…Both the Duke football and men’s basketball teams open their home schedules this season against Army West Point
Eastern Michigan (Nov. 14, Cameron Indoor): 22-13 last season…Reached second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament…The series with Duke is tied at 1-1 with meetings in the 1996 NCAA Tournament and at Cameron in 2013
San Diego State (Nov. 19, Maui): 22-11 last season…Reach NCAA Tournament…Duke is 2-0 in the series, including a 68-49 win in the 2015 NCAA Sweet 16…The Aztecs have reached the NCAA Tournament seven times in the last nine years
Indiana (Nov. 27, Cameron Indoor): Duke is 6-3 in the series, including a 91-81 last year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Assembly Hall…The Blue Devils are 4-0 against IU in ACC/Big Ten and 17-2 overall – the best record in the Challenge’s history
Stetson (Dec. 1, Cameron Indoor): Duke is 9-2 all-time versus the Hatters, but this year’s game marks the first in the series since 1990…Head coach Corey Williams was a second-round pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1992 and was a rookie on the Bulls team that won the 1993 NBA Championship
Hartford (Dec. 5, Cameron Indoor): 19-14 last season…Reached the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament…Duke and Hartford have never met in men’s basketball
Yale (Dec. 8, Cameron Indoor): The teams are meeting this season for the third time since 2015…Duke leads the series 5-0…The Blue Devils bounced the Bulldogs from the 2016 NCAA Second Round
Princeton (Dec. 18, Cameron Indoor): Duke and Princeton have met 19 times previously, with the Blue Devils leading 18-1…The Tigers last visited Cameron in 2010…Duke beat Princeton 83-61 in the 2007 Maui Invitational quarterfinals
Texas Tech (Dec. 20, Madison Square Garden): 27-10 last season…Reached Elite Eight before falling to eventual National Champion Villanova in Boston…Although the Blue Devils and Red Raiders have never met in hoops, the teams’ baseball programs squared off in the NCAA Super Regional this past season
St. John’s (Feb. 2, Cameron Indoor): Duke leads the series 16-7 and has won nine of the last 11…The Red Storm last visited Cameron in 2012…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