Preview: Duke (0-0) vs Presbyterian (0-0)

Previewing the Blue Devils and Blue Hose who tip off the season on Monday night in Cameron. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU beginning at 7:00 PM EST.


Duke (0-0) vs Presbyterian (0-0)
Durham, N.C. - Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV: ESPNU / Tip: 7:00 PM E

Program Vitals
Conference: Big South
Nickname: Blue Hose
Colors: Blue and White
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert (20th season)
Career Record at Presbyterian: 332-231

Projected Starters:
23 Bryan Bostic (6-3, 195, Sr.) – 10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
22 Josh Johnson (6-3, 195, So.) – 7.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg
34 Al'lonzo Coleman (6-8, 245, So.) – 11.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 52% FG
 4 Pierre Miller (5-10, 175, So.) – 5.7 ppg, 2.6 apg
42 Travis Sligh (6-5, 205, Sr.) – 5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg

Key Reserves:
 5 Walt Allen (6-5, 220, Jr.) – 3.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
 2 Kevin Davis (6-2, 180, Fr.) – N/A
 3 Dominic "Bo" King (6-0, 175, Fr.) – N/A
30 Jake Troyli (6-10, 225, Fr.) - N/A
50 Kyle Jazwiecki (6-8, 220, Fr.) - N/A

Storylines For Presbyterian:

How They Got Here:
Both teams will open their 2008-2009 season on Monday night in Cameron in the First Round of the 2k Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches v. Cancer. Duke has cruised through the exhibition season defeating Virginia Union by 64 and Lenoir-Rhyne by 53. Presbyterian enters the contest after dropping their only exhibition game of the year 70-60 to Augusta State - the 2008 NCAA Division II Runner-Up.

Series History:
This will be the first meeting between the two programs. Last season the Blue Hose faced three different ACC teams (Clemson, NC State, and Georgia Tech) - posting an 0-3 record. However, in each of those three games the team was competitive losing to NC State by only 7; Clemson by 17; and Georgia Tech by 13.

Injury Report:
Both teams start the season healthy. In the off season both Gerald Henderson and Brian Zoubek underwent corrective surgeries for Duke.

Not The Best Place To Look For Number One:
The Blue Hose enter the 2008-09 season still looking for their first regular season road win at the NCAA Division I level. Meanwhile the Blue Devils have won 59 straight home games against non-conference opponents - the longest streak in the country. The last non-conference team to defeat Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium was St. John's in 2000.

Blue Hose Team Leaders
Al'Lonzo Coleman scored 14 or more points in 12 of PC's 30 games. Coleman secured 17 or more in seven of the 12 contests. Overall, Coleman concluded his freshman campaign having led or tied for the scoring lead in a team-high 10 games. For the season he led the team in scoring (11.2) and rebounding (5.0) and was named the NCAA Division I Independent Newcomer of the Year. Against Augusta State Coleman logged 10 points and four rebounds.

Senior guard Bryan Bostic is another player to watch from PC. The fourth year player has scored more than 260 points in each of his first three years in the program. If he can manage another 172 points this year, Bostic will become the program's 19th 1,000-point scorer. Against Augusta State Bostic was slowed down and held to just nine points.

Freshman Class:
The Blue Hose had four student-athletes sign NLIs during the 2007-08 school year. Kevin Davis is joining the Blue Hose men's basketball program from Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C., while Kyle Jazwiecki will join the Blue Hose from Anthony Wayne High School in Maumee, Ohio. Jake Troyli comes to PC from Pinellas Park High School in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bo King joins the Blue Hose out of Fork Union Military Academy (Va.). Against Augusta State it was King who out-performed his classmates, earning eight points in 14 minutes of action.

Fearless Predicitions

Simply put this will be the first public showing for the Blue Devils in 2008-2009. Barring a monumental collapse Duke will win comfortably on Monday. The key for head coach Mike Krzyzewski's club will be to work out some kinks on both sides of the ball and to conserve their energy for Tuesday's game against either Georgia Southern or Houston. It wouldn't be surprising for the high minute mark to be around 27 minutes as Coach K goes to his bench liberally.

Prediction:

Duke 95
Presbyterian 49


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