Duke is set to play the Michigan Wolverines and the UCLA Bruins. It also might play Arizona in the NIT Season Tip-Off. It is the game against the Kansas Jayhawks that will create the most buzz, though.
Kansas should be a top five team entering the season thanks to Andrew Wiggins joining the team. Duke will not be too shabby either and should be ranked in the top 10 to tip-off the year. That alone will make this a great matchup to see. Plus, it is the Blue Devils and the Jayhawks going head-to-head–two storied programs to say the least.
However, the storyline that could get the most attention in this game is the two best freshmen in the country facing off. Wiggins for Kansas and Jabari Parker for Duke. According to ESPN, Wiggins is the No. 1 recruit for the 2013 class and Parker is No. 2.
It is not every season that the two highest ranked recruits go head-to-head in a regular season game. Although winning this one will only be worth bragging rights and a possible chance at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, it will still be a great matchup between two of the best teams in college hoops.
It is important to note that although both Duke and Kansas are receiving a lot of hype, the Jayhawks will be losing their entire starting five and the Blue Devils will be without their top three leading scorers from last year. So I am sure both are hoping that their incoming players will make a big impact. With that in mind, Duke does have a lot of talent returning.
Should be a great game regardless and you can bet that this one will receive the most buzz in the upcoming season.