Date, opponent of Duke basketball season opener finally revealed

Duke basketball wing Joey Baker (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball wing Joey Baker (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball season opener is now set after an announcement from one of the involved parties.

Duke basketball is back. It’s finally back.

We now know when the Blue Devils will be back on the court to begin the 2020-21 season.

The official Gardner-Webb Men’s Basketball Twitter account broke the news on Tuesday afternoon, saying that the Runnin’ Bulldogs will make the trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 25.

However, Gardner-Webb did not say what time the game will be played or what network will televise the first game of the season for the five-time National Champions.

November 25 is the first day that the college basketball season can begin, as stated by the NCAA.

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No official word has been given by Duke on the game, or the remaining portions of the 2020-21 schedule.

Where does this leave the rest of the 2020-21 Duke basketball schedule?

So, the Blue Devils will be on the move quite often in the early portions of their schedule, as the NCAA is allowing seven non-conference games this season.

Gardner-Webb makes up one of the seven games on November 25, as does game against the Michigan State Spartans in the State Farm Champions Classic on December 1.

Duke will also host its own multi-team event in Durham, in which the Blue Devils will play Elon and Bellarmine in ‘early December’ and another game in the annual ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge, on a date yet to be determined.

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That makes up five games with two possible matchups left for the Blue Devils, and it’s interesting to see if Duke will play another non-conference game inside the Orlando bubble, where the team will travel to play the Spartans.

Duke is also on track to play some ACC games in December as the league continues its 20-game schedule in 2020-21.

The ACC has yet to release its slate of games for the upcoming basketball season.

Mike Krzyzewski should have another Preseason Top-10 team that includes yet another heralded recruiting class and returning stars such as Wendell Moore and Matthew Hurt.