On Thursday afternoon, the Duke men’s basketball team announced its schedule for the 2013-2014 season. As usual, it will be a challenging schedule, especially for a team that lost the majority of its scoring and leadership to graduation (Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, and Seth Curry).
They will hold an open practice on September 28th. Countdown to Craziness will be held at Cameron Indoor Stadium on October 18th. They host exhibition games against Bowie State (October 26th) and Drury (November 2nd).
They officially open their season on Friday, November 8th with their annual game against Davidson. It will be shown on ESPNU at 7pm ET. The Blue Devils then travel to Chicago to participate in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, November 12th. They will face Kansas at 10pm ET (ESPN).
They will return home to Cameron to play Florida Atlantic on November 15th
Duke will also participate in the Preseason NIT, which begins for them on Monday, November 18th against UNC Asheville (7pm ET, ESPNU). They will then face either East Carolina or Norfolk State at 6pm ET the following night. For the semifinals, the NIT moves to Madison Square Garden in New York on November 27th, with the championship to be played there on Friday, November 29th. Other host schools include Arizona, Rutgers, and Alabama.
In between the first two guaranteed games of the Preseason NIT and the semifinals/finals, Duke will host Vermont on Sunday, November 24th at 6:30pm ET on ESPNU.
On December 3rd at 9:15pm ET (ESPN), Duke welcomes Michigan to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. They follow that up against Gardner-Webb on Monday, December 16th (ESPNU). I assume that the week off is because of exam week.
On December 19th (7:30pm ET, ESPN), Duke will play UCLA in the CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic at Madison Square Garden. They follow that up with a game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, December 28th (ESPN2). They finish off the 2013 portion of their season on New Year’s Eve at Elon (ESPNU).
The start of 2014 also kicks off the ACC portion of Duke’s schedule. They open the conference schedule on the road at new to the ACC Notre Dame on Saturday, January 4th at 4pm ET on CBS. Their first ACC home game comes on Tuesday, January 7th when they welcome Georgia Tech to Durham at 7pm ET (ESPNU). They then travel to Clemson for a Saturday tilt at 2pm ET.
Back-to-back home games are up next for the Blue Devils: Virginia on January 13th and NC State on January 18th. The game against the Wolfpack will be broadcast on CBS. They then travel to Miami for a game on Wednesday, January 22nd, only to return home to play Florida State on Saturday at noon.
The Blue Devils are back out on the road to new to the ACC schools. First up is Pitt on Monday, January 27th and then Syracuse on February 1st. Both games will be televised on ESPN. They return home to play Wake Forest on Tuesday, February 4th before heading to Boston College on Saturday.
Duke plays at Chapel Hill against rival North Carolina on Wednesday, February 12th at 9pm ET on ESPN. That is followed by a home game against Maryland on Saturday (6pm ET on ESPN2).
They then travel to GT on Tuesday, February 18th for a 9pm ET game. Back-to-back home games are next for the Blue Devils: Syracuse (February 22nd) and their first matchup against Virginia Tech (February 25th). They then make the short trip to Wake Forest on Wednesday, March 5th.
Duke finishes the regular season with their rival game against UNC at Cameron on Saturday, March 8th.
The 2014 ACC Tournament will be held from March 12-16 at Greensboro Coliseum.
*For the complete schedule in list form, click HERE.