With players back to summer workouts, it’s time to recap everything we know so far about Duke’s upcoming schedule.
Headliner nonconference games
- Champions Classic: At this point, Duke has a high-profile nonconference game set to be against Kentucky in the annual Champions Classic November 9. As is always the case, the battle between the two Blue Bloods will feature loads of talent, despite the Wildcats’ 2021 recruiting class not being up to the usual John Calipari standard we have grown accustomed to seeing.
- Las Vegas: Duke is slated for a premier matchup against Gonzaga Nov. 26, per CBS Sports’ John Rothstein, in Las Vegas, Nev. The game will feature the No. 3 and No. 1 recruits in Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren, respectively, giving the Blue Devil and Bulldog faithful a highly-anticipated showdown between the two elite prospects.
Other nonconference games
- Multi-team event: Also in Duke’s nonconference games will be a multi-team event in Cameron Indoor Stadium between Army, Hartford and Campbell, according to Rothstein.
- ACC/Big Ten Challenge: As is the case every year, the Blue Devils will have a game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They'll take on Ohio State Nov. 30 and after reports of a matchup between Michigan State also surfaced, it looks like Duke will not be facing off against the Spartans this year, per The Athletic's Brendan Marks.
- Play twice: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Syracuse, Virginia
- Home only: Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State, Virginia Tech
- Away only: Boston College, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh
This article will be updated as more scheduling details become available.
Jake Piazza is a Trinity junior and sports editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.