DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball program, in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, announced its entire schedule with times and television information on Wednesday.
Featuring six returning letterwinners and welcoming the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, the Blue Devils are slated to play 14 regular-season games against NCAA Tournament participants from a year ago, including a State Farm Champions Classic matchup with Kentucky and a potential meeting with national championship-game opponent Wisconsin at the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
Duke’s regular-season ACC schedule includes eight games against 2015 NCAA Tournament participants, including two each against Louisville, North Carolina and NC State.
Duke, ranked sixth in the ESPN.com preseason poll, is currently slated to play 25 regular-season games on the ESPN family of networks, including three appearances on Big Monday (Jan. 18 vs. Syracuse, Jan. 25 at Miami and Feb. 8 vs. Louisville).
The Blue Devils open the regular season with a pair of home games as part of the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, hosting Siena on Nov. 13 (7 p.m., ESPNU) and Bryant on Nov. 14 (time TBD, ESPN3). Duke will face each team for the first time in program history.
Duke will square off with Kentucky, ranked third in the ESPN.com preseason poll, in the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 17 (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The Blue Devils are 3-1 in the event, including a win over UK in Atlanta in the 2012 edition.
Following the Champions Classic, Duke will head to New York for the championship rounds of the 2K Classic and take on VCU in semifinal action on Nov. 20 (7:30 p.m., ESPN2). Georgetown and Wisconsin will meet in the other semifinal with Duke facing one of those two programs on Nov. 22 (time TBD, ESPN).
The four teams that will convene at Madison Square Garden for the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project combined for a 119-29 (.804) record last season. All four were 2015 NCAA Tournament participants, with Duke defeating Wisconsin in the national final to claim its fifth NCAA championship.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad will open a five-game homestand against Yale on Nov. 25 (7 p.m., ESPNU) before hosting Utah State on Nov. 29 (12:30 p.m., ESPNU).
A meeting with Indiana at Cameron Indoor Stadium, part of the 17th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, is set for Dec. 2 at 9:15 p.m. (ESPN). The Hoosiers are ranked 14th in the ESPN.com preseason poll.
Duke has won its last two contests with IU to take a 4-3 lead in the all-time series, and the Blue Devils have a three-game winning streak and a 14-2 overall record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Blue Devils will wrap up the five-game homestretch with 2015 NCAA Tournament participant Buffalo on Dec. 5 (5:15 p.m., ESPN2) and Georgia Southern on Dec. 15 (7 p.m., ESPN2).
Duke will again take the floor at iconic Madison Squad Garden on Dec. 19 when it faces off with Utah at noon (ESPN). The Blue Devils and Utes met in the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago with Duke claiming a 63-57 win in Houston.
Duke will wrap up non-conference play with home games against Elon on Dec. 28 (8 p.m., ESPNU) and Long Beach State on Dec. 30 (4 p.m., RSN).
The Blue Devils will open ACC play with three of their first four games on the road, kicking off the league slate with games at Boston College on Jan. 2 (time and TV TBD) and Wake Forest on Jan. 6 (7 p.m., ESPNU). Following a home tilt with Virginia Tech on Jan. 9 (12 p.m.), Duke will travel to Greenville, S.C., for a meeting with Clemson on Jan. 13 (7 p.m., ESPN2).
Duke will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a Saturday-afternoon showdown with Notre Dame on Jan. 16 (2 p.m., ESPN) before hosting Syracuse on Jan. 18 (7 p.m., ESPN) in the first of its three Big Monday appearances.
A three-game road swing will begin at NC State on Jan. 23 (2 p.m., CBS) before continuing with a Big Monday game at Miami on Jan. 25 (7 p.m., ESPN) and finishing with a trip to Georgia Tech on Feb. 2 (9 p.m., ESPNU).
Duke opens a three-game homestand on Feb. 6 against the Wolfpack (2 or 7 p.m., ESPN) before hosting Louisville on Feb. 8 (7 p.m., ESPN) in Big Monday action and Virginia – ranked fourth in the ESPN.com preseason poll – on Feb. 13 (4 or 9 p.m., ESPN).
The latter part of February will have the Blue Devils at North Carolina on Feb. 17 (9 p.m., ESPN/ACCN) and Louisville on Feb. 20 (12 p.m., ESPN), home against Florida State on Feb. 25 (7 p.m., ESPN) and at Pittsburgh on Feb. 28 (2 p.m., CBS).
Duke will conclude the regular season with home games against Wake Forest on March 1 (8 p.m.) and North Carolina on March 5 (7 or 9 p.m., ESPN).
The 2016 ACC Tournament will be held from March 8-12 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. All 14 games will be shown nationally on an ESPN network and the ACC Network.
Each of the ACC controlled regular-season games, with the exception of CBS telecasts, will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The Blue Devils tip off the 2015-16 season with Countdown to Craziness on Saturday, Oct. 17, and will also host Florida Southern (Oct. 30) and Livingstone (Nov. 4) in exhibition contests. All three events will be available on Blue Devil Network Plus via GoDuke.com.
All times listed are Eastern Time Zone and subject to change.