ACC Releases Men's Hoops Schedule

DURHAM, N.C. ­— The 2009-10 Duke men's basketball schedule was announced on Tuesday, as the Atlantic Coast Conference released the men's schedules of all 12 member institutions.

The Blue Devils, who return nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's team that finished 30-7 overall and won the ACC Championship, face another challenging schedule in 2009-10.

Duke begins the season at home on Nov. 13 against UNC-Greensboro before hosting first and second round games in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Blue Devils face Coastal Carolina in the opening round, while Charlotte and Elon also will square off at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday, Nov. 16. First round winners play on Nov. 17 to advance to the semifinals of the event at Madison Square Garden. Arizona State, Connecticut and LSU also will host first and second round games in the tournament.

Duke's non-conference schedule also features home games versus Radford, St. John's, Gardner-Webb, Long Beach State, Pennsylvania and Tulsa. The Blue Devils non-conference road schedule includes games at Wisconsin (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) and Georgetown as well as neutral site contests against Gonzaga (Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden) and Iowa State (Jan. 6 at United Center in Chicago).

Duke again will have a full slate of televised contests, with 30 regular season games scheduled to be aired on either national or regional television. Including the opening round of the ACC Tournament, which will be played in Greensboro, N.C., the Blue Devils will appear on national television at least 28 times this season on CBS, ESPN, espn2, ESPNU and FSN (Fox Sports Net). Raycom (RAY) will broadcast Duke's Jan. 20 game at N.C. State, while Fox Sports South (FSS) will televise the season opener and a Dec. 29 contest against Long Beach State.

In addition to its non-conference schedule, Duke will face another rigorous ACC slate in 2009-10. The Blue Devils will play a home-and-home series with Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina this season. Duke also will host Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, while making road trips to N.C. State, Miami and Virginia.

Duke has won seven ACC regular season championships in the past 13 years and eight of the last 11 ACC Tournament titles. The Blue Devils have compiled an impressive 165-43 league record over the past 13 seasons, including an 11-5 mark last year.

Duke will play three exhibition contests, beginning with the Countdown to Craziness event, which will include a Blue-White scrimmage, on Oct. 16. Pfeiffer (Oct. 24) and Findlay (Nov. 3) will also come to Cameron Indoor Stadium prior to the beginning of the regular season.

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