Three chances to watch future Duke basketball players this weekend

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Three televised games this weekend each feature a 2020 Duke basketball signee.

Imagine, back in the early 1980s when Mike Krzyzewski was still getting his feet wet in Durham, each regular season included only a handful of televised Duke basketball games, most of which came in conference play.

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As a result, in early January each year, those fans without tickets might not yet have even once watched the new squad in action. Those who lived in or nearby North Carolina could listen on the radio and read recaps in the morning paper. Those from faraway places had far fewer options.

Jump to 2020. Not only is there nowadays a TV broadcast for every college and NBA contest, including the exhibitions, but also high school games are increasingly becoming available (just think, just a few decades ago, without Twitter or even the internet, folks had to anxiously await tidbits of recruiting news from a scant collection of primarily annual magazine publications).

Yes, never has it been so easy to be a couch-potato follower of former, present, and future Blue Devils. And for those modern-day junkies always looking to satisfy their cravings, No. 2 Duke’s battle at Miami on Saturday at 8 p.m. (ESPN) likely won’t suffice for the weekend on its own.

Luckily, more shipments of the good stuff arrive Friday night and Saturday afternoon in the form of three opportunities to catch a glimpse of future Blue Devils…