Duke Basketball: 11 Toughest Games on the Blue Devils' Schedule in 2011-12

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Duke Basketball: 11 Toughest Games on the Blue Devils' Schedule in 2011-12
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Even though its top three scorers are gone from last season, the Duke Blue Devils are expected to contend for a national title, and coach Mike Krzyzewski has scheduled many games that will challenge this unproven squad.

Gone are seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, along with fabulous freshman Kyrie Irving. Their losses can't be over-stated, but since we're talking about Duke, they've reloaded once again.

In is one of the top players from the 2011 class, guard Austin Rivers, along with a few other highly regarded recruits, including the third Plumlee brother, Marshall.

Regular contributors from the past couple seasons are back, as guards Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry will form a dynamic backcourt with Rivers. Up front, the two other Plumlee brothers, Mason and Miles, along with Ryan Kelly, will be counted on to bang against the big men the Devils will be running into.

The ACC conference schedule is brutal enough with their rivals, but the non-conference games that have been scheduled for this young group is pretty daunting.

Let's take a look at the 11 most difficult games the Dukies will be facing in the coming months.

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