Duke basketball schedules first exhibition game of 2020-21 season

Duke basketball guard Jordan Goldwire (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball guard Jordan Goldwire (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team has scheduled its first exhibition game of the 2020-21 season as a Division II powerhouse will be welcomed inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.

As the Duke Blue Devils work on the schedule for the 2020-21 regular season, the team is also working on the exhibition portion of its campaign.

It was announced earlier in the week that Duke will be hosting Walsh University in an exhibition game on October 31, 2020.

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Typically, the Blue Devils would play the Division II National Champions as well as another school in the preseason, and since there was no Division II NCAA Tournament, it remains to be seen who else Duke will square up against in an exhibition game.

The Walsh Cavaliers ended the 2020-21 season with a 25-6 record and won the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament before its first NCAA Tournament game was canceled.

Duke will open the regular season in Chicago in the Champions Classic against the Michigan State Spartans on November 10 and have also scheduled Appalachian State and Cleveland State in its non-conference schedule.

The Blue Devils will also be taking a trip down to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament from November 23-25.

Duke’s preseason game against Walsh will be the first time the Cavaliers are playing a Division I team since 2016 when the team faced in-state foe Ohio State.

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The game was first announced on Twitter via the Walsh University Men’s Basketball official team page.

Due to the later start of the college basketball season, it’s likely that Duke will have another exhibition game prior to the showdown with the Spartans in the United Center.

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It’s possible that the Blue Devils will play the team that was ranked at the top of the D2 Rankings at the time of the suspended season, Northwest Missouri State, the same team that Duke narrowly escaped this preseason.

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Mike Krzyzewski brings in a loaded recruiting class headlined by Jalen Johnson while returning sophomores Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore to be paired with junior Joey Baker and senior Jordan Goldwire.