The Duke basketball team will host a local opponent in its non-conference schedule.
North Carolina teams are no stranger to be playing against the Duke basketball program inside Cameron Indoor Stadium and another will visit Durham late in the non-conference schedule.
College basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported on Wednesday afternoon that the Blue Devils will host the Queens Royals on December 29.
The school from Charlotte, North Carolina, making its Division I debut this season, posted an 18-15 record (7-11 ASUN) and fell to top seed Kennesaw State by one point, 67-66, in the conference tournament quarterfinals to end its season.
Regardless of Queens’ record or conference tournament status, the program is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament due to the transition period in which a school is not allow to participate in the postseason for four seasons after making the leap from Division II.
The matchup should be the final non-conference game on the schedule for the Blue Devils, which is starting to accumulate with three matchups on its slate.
Duke will host Arizona in the first year of a home-and-home series on November 10 before traveling to the Champions Classic to battle Michigan State on November 14.
The newly created ACC vs. SEC Challenge will also be a part of the Blue Devils’ non-conference schedule as it remains unclear if Duke will participate in a multi-team even this season.
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Duke will bring in the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports, headlined by 5-star prospects Mackenzie Mgbako, Sean Stewart, Jared McCain, Caleb Foster, and TJ Power.
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Jon Scheyer also learned that Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell will be returning to school for their sophomore seasons while Dariq Whitehead and Dereck Lively II have already announced their intentions to enter the 2023 NBA Draft.
The Blue Devils are still awaiting decisions from freshman Kyle Filipowksi and junior Jeremy Roach.