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Preview: Duke v. Utah State

The Blue Devils conclude a nine day stretch in which the young team has played five games while learning a lot about itself.  The early season gauntlet concludes with yet another veteran opponent coming to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Utah State makes the cross country trip to visit Durham, sporting a perfect 4-0 record.  Though, to be fair, the Aggies haven’t faced a team anywhere near the level of No. 6 Duke.   Accordingly, the Blue Devils open as an 18 point favorite. 

Prior to the Thanksgiving break, head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team had played three games at home, winning comfortably against Siena, Bryant, and Yale.  But that most recent game against the Ivy League favorites proved to be much closer than the final score suggested as the Bulldogs led for most of the first half before eventually wearing down.

As for the Aggies, things haven’t been nearly as taxing through the first three weeks of the season.  Utah State has recorded blowout victories over Utah Valley, Union (Tennessee), and Adams State.  In addition the team opened the season with  three point win over Weber State.

The program hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 2007 when they upset then No. 10 Nevada on March 9.  Since that time they have lost 11 straight to Top 25 opponents.  Meanwhile, Duke has won an NCAA-best 119 consecutive non-conference home games dating to a loss to St. John's on Feb. 26, 2000.

"Duke is the gold standard in how hard you play, how hard you compete and everything that is good about college basketball," head coach Tim Duryea said. "We are thrilled to be here and I think our guys will respond to the challenge and be ready to go."

Sunday afternoon’s game will be the first between the two programs.

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