Duke men's basketball unveils 2020-21 schedule

It took a while, but Duke's 2020-21 conference schedule is finally here.
It took a while, but Duke's 2020-21 conference schedule is finally here.

Just two weeks out of the start of the season, Duke's 2020-21 schedule has finally been released.

The ACC released its conference schedule Tuesday morning on the ACC Network, with the Blue Devils' 20-game slate highlighted by their usual home-and-away series with No. 16 North Carolina but also with a trip to No. 21 Florida State and home contest against No. 4 Virginia.

Outside of those marquee matchups, head coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad will host Boston College, Clemson and Syracuse while taking road trips for games at Virginia Tech, Miami and N.C. State. The Blue Devils will play two games, both home and away, against Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Louisville.

The Blue Devils also confirmed their seven nonconference matchups: Gardner Webb Nov. 25, Coppin State Nov. 28, No. 13Michigan State in the Champions Classic Dec. 1, Bellarmine and Elon in the Mako Medical Duke Classic Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, No. 8 Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Dec. 8 and Charleston Southern Dec. 12. 

Duke's release stated that the Champions Classic will occur at "yet to be announced locations," though the New York Times' Adam Zagoria reported last week that the Blue Devils are expected to host the Spartans at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

After a down season last year, the ACC should rebound in 2020-21 thanks in large part to the expected revival of two of its traditional powers: North Carolina and Virginia.

While the Tar Heels obviously had a 2019-20 campaign to forget, head coach Roy Williams and company brought in the nation's second-ranked recruiting class and should return to the conference's upper tier. 

The Cavaliers are coming off one of their worst offensives seasons in recent memory, yet still finished a mere game behind Florida State for last year's regular-season title. This season, however, head coach Tony Bennett will enjoy the eligibility of Marquette transfer and sharpshooter Sam Hauser, who is expected to return Virginia to Final Four contention.

Here's Duke's full 2020-21 slate:

Nov. 25 vs. Gardner-Webb

Nov. 28 vs. Coppin State

Dec. 1 vs. Michigan State (Champions Classic)

Dec. 4 vs. Bellarmine

Dec. 6 vs. Elon

Dec. 8 vs. Illinois (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Dec. 12 vs. Charleston Southern

Dec. 16 at Notre Dame

Dec. 29/30 vs. Pittsburgh

Jan. 2 at No. 21 Florida State

Jan. 5/6 vs. Boston College

Jan. 9 vs. Wake Forest

Jan. 12/13 at Virginia Tech

Jan. 19/20 at Pittsburgh

Jan. 23 at Louisville

Jan. 26/27 vs. Georgia Tech

Jan. 30 vs. Clemson

Feb. 1 at Miami

Feb. 6 vs. No. 16 North Carolina

Feb. 9/10 vs. Notre Dame

Feb. 13 at N.C. State

Feb. 16/17 at Wake Forest

Feb. 20 vs. No. 4 Virginia

Feb. 22 vs. Syracuse

Feb. 27 vs. Louisville

March 2/3 at Georgia Tech

March 5/6 at No. 16 North Carolina

March 9-13, ACC tournament


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