- The fourth-ranked Duke men’s basketball team plays the second of two preseason exhibition games on Wednesday night by welcoming Fort Valley State to Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m. ET.
- The Wildcats are led by second-year head coach Mark Sherrill, who was hired in September 2018 after a 24-year stint as associate head coach at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
- The 2019-20 campaign marks the 40th season at Duke for Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, where he has won 1,059 games and five national championships.
- Last season, the Blue Devils won the program’s 21st ACC Championship, finished the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the final Associated Press poll, won 32 games, reached the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive season and advanced to the Elite Eight for the 22nd time.
- Duke’s 21 ACC Tournament titles extend a league record, three more than North Carolina and 11 more than NC State.
- Duke, Kansas and Gonzaga are the only programs to have won 25 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons. Duke reached the 30-win mark last season for the 15th time under Coach K, to extend an NCAA record.
- Welcoming the nation’s No. 2-ranked recruiting class this season, Duke’s freshmen roster includes three McDonald’s All-Americans — Vernon Carey Jr., Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore Jr.
ABOUT FORT VALLEY STATE
Fort Valley State is making its first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium and will serve as the Blue Devils final exhibition opponent before the Nov. 5 opener versus Kansas…Head coach Mark Sherrill is in his second season leading the Wildcats, which were 7-22 last season. Sherrill was a long-time associate head coach at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, where he played and was a CIAA Hall of Fame inductee…Senior Shawn Foxbrennen is the team’s leading returning scorer and a preseason All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) pick. He averaged 13.1 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds last season…Of the 16 Wildcats on the roster, six hail from North Carolina, including freshman Tristan Davis from Raleigh. Fort Valley State is located in Fort Valley, Ga., which is 30 miles south of Macon. FVSU is a Division II institution.
EXHIB. #1: DUKE BEATS NW MIZZOU
Sophomore Tre Jones scored 18 points and freshman Matthew Hurt added 17 as Duke held off Northwest Missouri State, 69-63, in an exhibition game Saturday…The Blue Devils led by as many 19 with 6:06 to play before the reigning Division II national champions made a late flurry. The Bearcats drained five three-pointers in the final 5:28, trimming the margin to 68-63 with 24 seconds remaining, but clutch free throws from junior Jordan Goldwire and freshman Cassius Stanley allowed Duke to hold off the comeback bid…Northwest Missouri State, which was 38-0 last season, finished 15 of 34 from three-point range for the game, with guard Trevor Hudgins leading the way with a game-high 27 points on 7-of-13 from long range…Duke forced the visitors in 21 turnovers and racked up 11 steals, including a game-high four from Goldwire.
BLUE-WHITE SCRIMMAGE RECAP
Freshman Vernon Carey Jr., scored a game-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead the Blue Team to a 47-38 win over the White Team in a 20-minute scrimmage during Duke’s Countdown to Craziness on October 18 at sold-out Cameron Indoor Stadium…Freshman Cassius Stanley scored 12 for Blue and gathered a team-best and tied a game-high with eight rebounds, while senior Jack White dished out a game-high six assists, added four rebounds and a put-back slam in the closing seconds to ice the victory…For the White Team, both freshman Wendell Moore Jr. and junior Alex O’Connell tied team-highs with 11 points, while O’Connell had five boards and two assists. Freshman Matthew Hurt scored nine and senior Javin DeLaurier blocked two shots and added five points and tied a game-high eight rebounds.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018-19
Duke’s 115th season of basketball will open with a marquee matchup as the Blue Devils and Kansas battle in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden…The game is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5 on ESPN, when the top four teams in the preseason AP poll will play in the same arena. Duke is ranked No. 4, Kansas is No. 3, while the second game of the Champions Classic is No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Kentucky…Of the teams ranked in the preseason AP poll, Duke is set to face five of the top 11 during the 2019-20 campaign…The Blue Devils are set for the 2K Empire Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, with two home games (Central Arkansas and Georgia State) before a pair of games at MSG (Cal and either Georgetown or Texas)…In the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Duke travels to preseason No. 1 Michigan State on Dec. 3 at the Breslin Center…In ACC play, the Blue Devils are scheduled for home-and-home games with: North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College. Only at home, Duke hosts Louisville, Florida State, Notre Dame and Pitt. On the road only, the Blue Devils face Virginia, Syracuse, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
ACC PRESEASON PICKS
Duke was selected as the favorite to win the 2019-20 ACC Championship, as chosen by media members…Picked as the preseason ACC favorite for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in seven years, the Blue Devils are the reigning ACC Tournament champion…Sophomore Tre Jones earned a spot on the Preseason All-ACC First Team, while freshman Vernon Carey Jr., was named to the Preseason All-ACC Second Team.