Duke basketball adds another NCAA Tournament team to schedule

Duke basketball guard Jeremy Roach (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Jeremy Roach (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball program has added another NCAA Tournament team to its schedule. 

An already loaded schedule is getting more difficult for the Duke basketball program in the 2022-23 season under first year head coach Jon Scheyer.

The official Delaware Men’s Basketball Twitter account spilled the beans on the November 18 matchup between the Blue Hens and the Blue Devils, which will be the third all-time matchup between the programs.


Duke won the only other two meetings between the schools with the most recent game coming during the 2012-13 season.

Delaware, despite losing the final two games of the regular season, won the CAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed before battling Villanova, an eventual Final Four squad, to the final minutes.

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The Blue Hens will return its leading scorer from a season ago in redshirt junior guard Jameer Nelson Jr. after averaging 13.6 points per game.

The matchup solidifies at least eight NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago on the Duke basketball schedule this season.

The Blue Devils are confirmed to play Kansas, Iowa, Ohio State, and Delaware in the non-conference portion of its schedule this upcoming season while battling North Carolina, Miami, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech in ACC play.

Duke will play the Tar Heels, Hurricanes, and Hokies twice in the regular season.

Duke basketball could have more NCAA Tournament teams on schedule

The Blue Devils will also be playing in the loaded Phil Knight Invitational in November as the amount of NCAA Tournament teams from last season on the Duke schedule could rise.

Jon Scheyer’s team will be in the bracket alongside Portland State, Oregon State, Gonzaga, Purdue, Xavier, Florida, and West Virginia.

The matchups and seedings for the bracket have not been announced but it is likely that Duke will begin play against either Oregon State or Portland State.

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However, Purdue and Gonzaga were tournament teams from a season ago while Xavier narrowly missed the Big Dance and won the NIT.

Florida and West Virginia missed the postseason in its entirety.

Duke will begin its 2022-23 season on November 7 inside Cameron Indoor Stadium against Jacksonville.

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