Another opponent is set in the Duke Basketball non-conference schedule and both the opposition and date are very sentimental to some close to the Duke Basketball program.
Duke. Army. Veteran’s Day.
Does it get much better than that, folks?
The Blue Devils and the Black Knights will play in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, November 11, Veteran’s Day.
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It’ll be the first time the two teams have faced off since the 2014-15 season when Army also came to Cameron Indoor as Duke went onto win the game 93-73.
Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski has a long history with West Point, attending and playing basketball there from 1966-1969 under Head Coach Bob Knight. Coach K was discharged from active duty in 1974 and then returned to basketball with Coach Knight as an assistant at Indiana.
Coach K then returned to Army as the Head Coach of the Black Knights from 1975-1980 before accepting the head coaching position at Duke.
Krzyzewski posted a 73-59 record at the United States Military Academy, leading the Black Knights to the NIT in the 1977-78 season.
The Black Knights struggled last season, finishing 13-17 on the season and 6-12 in the Patriot League, finishing No. 8 in the conference.
Army returns its top three leading scorers, all who averaged double figures. Jordan Fox averaged 13.7 points per game, while Matthew Wilson put up 12.0 points and Thomas Funk chipped in 10.8 for the Black Knights.
Despite not being a household name in college basketball, Army will be much improved from last season as they have another year of experience under their belts and could be a good early season test for the Blue Devils.
Army joins Kentucky, Texas Tech, Indiana, and St. John’s as confirmed opponents on the Blue Devils 2018-19 non-conference schedule.
Regardless of the outcome of this game, all the players and coaches involved will be apart of something bigger than basketball and possibly one of the biggest things they’ve ever been a part of.