Duke basketball to host familiar name during anticipated matchup

Caleb Love plays against the Duke basketball team (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Caleb Love plays against the Duke basketball team (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

A marquee Duke basketball non-conference matchup has become more interesting. 

The Duke basketball non-conference schedule already has a lot of primetime matchups but one game in particular has become much more interesting.

Duke will host the Arizona Wildcats inside Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 10 in the first game of a home-and-home series that moves to Tucson next season, however, a familiar face will be returning to Durham for the matchup.

Former North Carolina guard Caleb Love recently committed to Arizona after entering the transfer portal following the disappointing season for the Tar Heels.

Love originally announced his commitment to Michigan but did not receive acceptance into the school as a transfer as some of his academic credits from North Carolina would not be accepted.

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The matchup will be the second game of the season for Duke.

Caleb Love averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game this season yet only shot 38.7-percent from the field and a struggling 29.9-percent from 3-point range.

However, Love is averaging 17.7 points per game in his career against the Blue Devils.

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Arizona is projected to be a Top-15 team in the country to begin the season while Duke has been pegged as the preseason No. 1 team entering the 2023-24 campaign by various college basketball analysts.

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In addition to Caleb Love, the Wildcats also brought in Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley and San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson while returnees Pelle Larsson, Kylan Boswell, and Oumar Ballo create a strong core for head coach Tommy Lloyd.

Duke also has major non-conference games scheduled against Michigan State in the Champions Classic and Baylor at Madison Square Garden while the Blue Devils will also participate in the inaugural ACC vs. SEC Challenge but its opponent, or venue, is still unknown.

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