Duke Basketball: A Look at the Blue Devils' Out-of-Conference Schedule

By Trevor Lowry

The Duke Blue Devils will never have a cupcake schedule, since they play in the ACC and all. However, they will have a pretty tough out-of-conference schedule in the 2012-13 college basketball season, which is pretty typical for the Blue Devils.

Here is a look at Duke’s out-of-conference schedule for the upcoming season.

Nov. 9: Georgia State Panthers

Nov. 13: @ Kentucky Wildcats

Nov. 18: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

Nov. 22: @ Minnesota Gophers

Nov. 28: Ohio State Buckeyes

Dec. 1: Delaware Fightin Blue Hens

Dec. 8: Temple Owls

Dec 19: Cornell Big Red

Dec. 20: Elon Phoenix

Dec. 29: Santa Clara Broncos

Jan. 2: @ Davidson Wildcats

The Ohio State and Kentucky match ups really stick out on this schedule. Both Ohio State and Kentucky will likely be ranked in the top-10 to start the season, and really, so should Duke.

Although Duke will have a lot of depth on its team with Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, Amile Jefferson, Quinn Cook, Tyler Thornton, Alex Murphy, Rasheed Sulaimon and Josh Hairston, both of these games will still be really tough for the Blue Devils.

The Buckeyes and Wildcats both will have very stingy defenses, which will surely make life on Duke tough. The Blue Devils will likely be a three-point shooting team, but they also have some good players on the inside this year, with Mason Plumlee being the key guy in that department.

Two other games that won’t be a given for Duke will be against Temple and Davidson. However, we are talking about college basketball here and really anything can happen.

Last season, Duke beat Davidson, but lost to Ohio State and Temple. The Blue Devils did not play Kentucky at all last year, but the Wildcats will have a completely different team in the upcoming season anyways.

Although Duke will have a very good team this year, it will have a very tough schedule to go along with it.


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