DURHAM, N.C. – Duke, in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, released its entire 2014-15 men's basketball schedule Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Devils are slated to play 12 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including a road trip to Final Four participant Wisconsin (Dec. 3) and a neutral site game against 2014 National Champion Connecticut (Dec. 18).
Duke, with seven letterwinners returning and the No. 1 rated recruiting class in the country, is ranked No. 2 in the ESPN.com Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Blue Devils are currently scheduled to play 21 regular season games on the ESPN family of networks, including two Big Monday tilts (Jan. 19 vs. Pittsburgh and Feb. 9 at Florida State). Three more Duke contests (Jan. 31 at Virginia, Feb. 28 vs. Syracuse and March 7 at North Carolina) could eventually be selected ESPN College GameDay sites as well.
Duke begins the regular season with opening round play of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic hosting Presbyterian (Nov. 14) and Fairfield (Nov. 15), before facing Michigan State (Nov. 18) in Indianapolis in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Blue Devils then travel to Brooklyn for the semifinals and finals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Duke plays Temple Friday, Nov. 21 with Stanford and UNLV squaring off in the other semifinal. The title game of the event is set for Saturday, Nov. 22. TruTV will televise all four games from the Barclays Center.
Coach K’s group returns to Durham to play Furman (Nov. 26) and Army (Nov. 30) around the Thanksgiving holiday before heading into the ACC / Big Ten Challenge clash with Wisconsin. The Badgers, ranked No. 4 in the ESPN.com Preseason Top 25 Poll, return five players that averaged at least 7.5 points per game last year, including All-America candidates Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekkar.
The Blue Devils also have December non-conference home games against Elon (Dec. 15), Toledo (Dec. 29) and Wofford (Dec. 31) as well as a trip to the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., to play Connecticut (Dec. 18). Duke’s final non-conference game is against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden Sunday, Jan. 25.
Duke's ACC slate starts Saturday, Jan. 3 at home against Boston College. The Blue Devils also host Miami (Jan. 13), Pittsburgh (Jan. 19), Georgia Tech (Feb. 4), Notre Dame (Feb. 7), North Carolina (Feb. 18), Clemson (Feb. 21), Syracuse (Feb. 28) and Wake Forest (March 4) in 2015.
The Blue Devils’ ACC road schedule features trips to Wake Forest (Jan. 7), NC State (Jan. 11), Louisville (Jan. 17), Notre Dame (Jan. 28), Virginia (Jan. 31), Florida State (Feb. 9), Syracuse (Feb. 14), Virginia Tech (Feb. 25) and North Carolina (March 7) as part of their 18-game conference schedule.
The 2015 ACC Tournament will be held March 10-14 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Every game of the ACC Tournament will be telecast by ESPN and the ACC Network. All regular season conference games carried on an ESPN network will also be available on WatchESPN, while all league games carried on the ACC Network or a regional sports network will also be available on ESPN3. The ACC’s regional sports network (RSN) consists Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Midwest, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, YES Network, MSG Network and ROOT Sports.
The Blue Devils tipoff the season with Countdown to Craziness Saturday, Oct. 25 and will also host Livingstone (Nov. 4) and Central Missouri (Nov. 8) in exhibition contests. All three events will be available through the Blue Devil Network via GoDuke.com.