DURHAM, N.C. (Sporting Alert) — Duke returns to action for the first time in almost two weeks against Gardner Webb in the only men’s basketball top 25 team on the NCAA schedule on Monday night.
NCAA Schedule – Men’s Basketball
Duke vs. Gardner-Webb
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
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The Blue Devils (7-2) last featured on the NCAA schedule on Dec. 3 when they beat the then No. 22 Michigan Wolverines 79-69 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and after putting in another few weeks of hard training, coach Mike Krzyzewski men are ready to get to work again.
“Guys are stepping into their roles, roles are changing,” junior guard Quinn Cook said. “It’s a long season. You can’t just stay the same the whole season.
“We kind of want to keep getting better and keep teams on their toes. We’ve got a long ways to go.”
When the action tip-off Monday night, Duke will be hunting their 100th consecutive home win over an unranked non-conference opponent.
In total, the Blue Devils have tallied 107 straight games overall at Cameron Indoor Stadium against non-conference opponents and with leading forward impressing so far, Krzyzewski’s team will start strong favorites to add to that number.
The freshman, who has scored 15 or more points in all nine games this season is sitting 15th in the nation in scoring at 22.1 points per game.
Meanwhile, Gardner-Webb (6-5) is coming off a 106-54 smashing of Division II Clearwater Christian on Saturday night and has won four of its last five games.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs have lost their last seven contest against ranked teams and could find Duke, a team which has won 21 consecutive games against teams currently in the Big South Conference, too strong to overcome Monday night.
Also on the NCAA schedule for Monday is Delaware who plays at North Dakota State, while Kennesaw State travel to face Georgia Tech live on ESPN3.