Duke basketball adds another non-conference matchup

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball program has added another non-conference game to its schedule. 

There are just two openings left in the non-conference schedule for the Duke basketball team after its latest addition.

The Blue Devils will host the University of South Carolina Upstate in a ‘buy game’, according to public records obtain by The D1 Docket.

Duke has never played South Carolina Upstate and will pay $95,000 for Spartans to come to Durham on November 11, the second game of the season for first year head coach Jon Scheyer.

USC Upstate posted a 15-17 (10-6 Big South) record last season and have yet to qualify for the NCAA Tournament since becoming a Division I program.

The five-time National Champions will open the season at home on November 7 against Jacksonville before traveling to Indianapolis to face the defending National Champion Kansas Jayhawks in the State Farm Champions Classic.

Bellarmine is also scheduled to travel to Durham to play the Blue Devils on November 21.

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Three of Duke’s non-conference games have been scheduled but the opponents are yet to be determined as the bracket has not been officially announced for the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon on Thanksgiving weekend.

Duke will play its three games in the event against either Florida, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Purdue, West Virginia, Xavier, or Portland State.

The Blue Devils will also make its annual trip to New York City to play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Jimmy V Classic inside Madison Square Garden on December 6.

Little options for remaining Duke basketball games

The Atlantic Coast Conference did not announce the schedule for the 2022-23 season, but the league revealed the opponents each team will play for the upcoming year.

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Neither the ACC nor the Big Ten have announced its matchups for the annual ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge, another game that is on the Duke schedule and should be played inside Cameron Indoor Stadium this season.

That leaves two ‘buy games’ left for the Blue Devils to add to its non-conference slate, likely to be scheduled in the middle of December given how jammed Duke’s schedule is in November.

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