Duke basketball adds quality mid-major to non-conference schedule

Duke basketball guard Tyrese Proctor (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Tyrese Proctor (Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball team added a quality mid major to its non-conference schedule. 

Jon Scheyer has already loaded the Duke basketball non-conference schedule but now he has added a quality mid-major program.

Hofstra men’s basketball program announced on Thursday that they would make the trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face the Blue Devils this season.

The matchup will be on December 12.

“We understand the significance of playing an opponent like Duke,” Hofstra head coach Speedy Claxton said in a statement.

Hofstra is coming off of an appearance in the second round of the NIT this season, including a victory on the road against Rutgers in the opening round.

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The Pride fell in overtime during the semifinals of the CAA Tournament.

Hofstra always schedules difficult in its non-conference schedule and the Pride have been prone to spring big upsets in the past, including a road win over No. 24 Arkansas two seasons ago.

Speedy Claxton’s team will return nine players from last year’s team, including three starters.

Tyler Thomas leads the pack averaging 16.5 points per game while Darlinstone Dubar is also a double-digit scorer at 10.3 points per contest.

It will be the first ever matchup between Duke and Hofstra.

Duke basketball non-conference schedule rounding into form

Duke already has a home game against Arizona (November 10) on its schedule while neutral site games against Michigan State in the Champions Classic (Nov. 14) and Baylor (Dec. 20) inside Madison Square Garden.

The Blue Devils will also host Bucknell (Nov. 17), La Salle (Nov. 21), and Southern Indiana (Nov. 24) in the Blue Devil Challenge in the team’s multi-team event this season.

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Queens University will come to Cameron for a non-conference matchup on December 29.

Duke is expected to be a Top-5 team in college basketball this season with the returns of Jeremy Roach, Tyrese Proctor, Mark Mitchell, and Kyle Filipowski while Jon Scheyer brings in a loaded recruiting class comprised of 5-star targets Caleb Foster, Jared McCain, Sean Stewart, and TJ Power.

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