The Opening Tip
- The fourth-ranked Duke men’s basketball team plays its final preseason exhibition game on Saturday by hosting Ferris State University are Cameron Indoor Stadium.
- FSU is the reigning Division II National Champion, finishing last season with a 38-1 record on its way to the school’s first national championship in any sport.
- The Blue Devils were picked as the preseason favorite in the ACC, with freshman RJ Barrett tapped the ACC’s Preseason Freshman of the Year. Barrett (first team) and Zion Williamson (second team), were each named Preseason All-ACC.
- Duke welcomes the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class this season, headlined by the No. 1 prospect Barrett and No. 2 Williamson. Cam Reddish is No. 3 and Tre Jones is No. 10. The fifth freshman, Joey Baker, was a 2019 Duke commit that reclassified to the 2018 class.
- The Blue Devils are coming off a 29-8 season and an Elite Eight appearance — the program’s 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and its 21st all-time Elite Eight.
- Juniors Javin DeLaurier and Jack White have been named captains by Coach K for the 2018-19 season.
- The Blue Devils’ 114th season of basketball officially begins Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis.
- Duke was ranked No. 4 in the preseason AP poll, the sixth straight year the Blue Devils have debuted in the top five.
114th Season of Duke Basketball
The 2018-19 campaign will mark the 114th season of Duke Basketball. The Blue Devils have compiled a 2,144-881 all-time record to rank fourth all-time in victories…Only Kentucky (2,265), Kansas (2,248) and North Carolina (2,232) have more all-time wins than Duke…Duke’s all-time .709 winning percentage is also the fourth-best in NCAA history, behind only Kentucky (.764), North Carolina (.738) and Kansas (.726).
Exhibition Games for Duke
Duke has traditionally opened its men’s basketball season with exhibition games against the reigning CIAA Champion and the reigning NCAA Division II Champion…Last Tuesday, the Blue Devils defeated the defending CIAA winner Virginia Union, 106-64. The Panthers were 18-15 last season, 9-7 in the CIAA, and won the conference’s tournament title with four wins in four days…Ferris State was last year’s Division-II national champ, and the Bulldogs visit Cameron on Saturday. FSU was 38-1 last season, ending the season on a 26-game winning streak.
About Ferris State
The Bulldogs return eight letterwinners from last year’s national championship squad, including the former Michigan Mr. Basketball DeShaun Thrower. He played in 36 games last season and averaged 7.7 points per game…Sixth-year head coach Andy Bronkema has presided over the greatest four-year stretch in FSU history as the Bulldogs have gone 113-25 (.819) in that span…Located in Big Rapids, Mich., FSU competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)…Ferris State enters the season ranked No. 15 in the D-II preseason poll.
Preseason All-ACC Honors
For the third consecutive year, Duke topped the ACC’s preseason media poll, receiving 52 of 121 first-place votes…Virginia (47 first-place votes) placed second in the predicted order of finish, followed by North Carolina (20), Syracuse (one), Virginia Tech, Clemson (one) and Florida State among the top seven…Freshman RJ Barrett was voted the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year. The top three vote-getters for ACC Rookie of the Year were Blue Devils — Barrett (66 votes), Zion Williamson (43) and Cam Reddish (4)…Barrett (first team) and Williamson (second team), were each selected to the Preseason All-ACC squad…Duke was picked as the ACC preseason favorite for the 18th time in the 50-year history of the poll and the 17th time under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Preseason Poll Streak Extends
Duke is ranked No. 4 in the preseason AP poll, which was announced on Oct. 22…It marks the sixth straight year that Duke has debuted in the top 5 and the 11th straight season in the top 10…The Blue Devils have been the preseason No. 1 team five times since 2002 (2002, 2006, 2011, 2017, 2018).