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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