Duke basketball: Blue Devils schedule another non-conference opponent

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team continues to build its non-conference schedule for the 2020-21 season after adding another quality opponent for a trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke basketball’s 2020-21 roster appears to be set, so now it’s time to build the schedule.

The Blue Devils already have their ACC opponents set, a date with the Michigan State Spartans in the State Farm Champions Classic in stone, a trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis on tap, and a home game with Appalachian State also fixed into the schedule.

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Fans can also add a date with Cleveland State to that loaded schedule thus far, according to a report from The D1 Docket on Thursday morning.

The outlet also reported that the showdown between the Blue Devils and Vikings will be set for December 18.

Duke’s first game of the season will be on November 10 against the Spartans while the trip to Atlantis will start on November 25 and end on November 27.

The Blue Devils’ game against Appalachian State does not have a confirmed date upon publication of this article.

Cleveland State is coming off of a disappointing 11-21 (7-11 Horizon) season under first-year head coach Dennis Gates, in which the team finished seventh in the Horizon League, which ended in a loss in the first round of the conference tournament.

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December 18 will be the first-ever matchup between Duke and Cleveland State, although the Blue Devils are familiar with the Vikings’ former conference foe, Butler, who left for the Big East shortly after the 2010 National Championship Game.

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Duke will have another very young roster headlined by the six-man recruiting class of Jalen Johnson, Jeremy Roach, and DJ Steward while potentially bringing back sophomores Wendell Moore and Matthew Hurt.

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More big time non-conference games still await the Blue Devils in 2020-21 season as individual games are announced in the summer and the full regular season schedule will be released sometime in the fall.