2009-10 Duke Men's Basketball: Schedule Breakdown

Brad FrankCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2009

Duke announced the release of its 2009-10 men’s basketball schedule just over two months ago. So with just over a month left before the season tip-off, let’s look at what highlights Duke’s schedule this season.

The 2009-10 schedule features some familiar non-conference foes and a new opponent in the ACC/Big Ten challenge in Wisconsin. Last season in the challenge Duke dominated a much-improved Purdue team, 76-60.

Duke opens the season with UNC-Greensboro at home on Friday, Nov. 13.

St. John’s, Gonzaga, and Georgetown are among the similar non-conference foes slated to play Duke this season.

The Red Storm face the Blue Devils for the 15th time in history, with Duke leading the series 9-5.

Matt Bouldin appears ready to carry on the great backcourt tradition at Gonzaga. The senior has been named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list.

While Georgetown has lost some talent to the NBA Draft but returns super sophomore Greg Monroe.

Duke opens ACC play with Clemson at home, the first of three games in Durham out of Duke’s first four conference games.

The meeting with rival North Carolina will take place Wednesday, Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill. The home edition of the Tobacco Road feud takes place Wednesday, Mar. 6.

The toughest two-week stretch begins Saturday, Feb. 6.

During the stretch Duke heads to Chestnut Hill for a showdown with Boston College. Duke then travels to Chapel Hill for its first meeting with North Carolina. The following Saturday, Duke hosts Maryland, an opponent which always plays Duke well at some point in the season. Lastly, Duke heads to Coral Gables for a midweek matchup against Miami.

Duke welcomes the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to Cameron Indoor Stadium in late February for a rare non-conference game at that point in the season.

Again this season Duke is slated to play in the NIT Season Tip-off.

Aside from the Wisconsin game, Duke will not play a true road game until Jan. 9 at Georgia Tech. Duke plays the NIT Season Tip-off in New York, just like the Gonzaga game. Duke also plays Iowa State in Chicago in early January.

Duke is coming off a 2008 ACC Tournament title with a 11-5 record in conference play.

Duke lost four of six games in conference play at one point before winning five of its final six.