Arkansas draws Duke in ACC/SEC Challenge
For the first time in history, Arkansas Basketball will host Duke in Bud Walton Arena. The game will be played at 8:15 on November 29th, on ESPN/ESPN2.
The game against the Blue Devils should be one of the biggest in school history, as the Hogs and Duke have had many heated matchups throughout the years. Two of the hottest coaching names in college basketball will square off with Musselman and Scheyer, like their counterparts Richardson and Krzyzewski did in the late 90’s.
Duke returns three sophomore studs in Filipowski, Proctor and Mitchell, who led them to an ACC title last season, while also bringing in two McDonald’s All-Americans. The Blue Devils are projected by many national outlets to be a top five team before the season starts, so it’s very possible to have a top ten matchup in Bud Walton before conference play begins.
Arkansas and Duke are tied all-time at two wins a piece, with all games played on neutral sites, making this the first time either team has traveled to an opposing arena. Duke took the most recent game between the two teams 78-69, led by the 1st overall pick Paolo Banchero. Devo Davis is the last player left on the Arkansas roster who played in the game, and he looks to get revenge on the team who ripped the Hogs chances of a Final Four.
The matchup ironically comes in the 30th anniversary season of Arkansas’ National Championship win over Duke, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a ceremony of some sort before the game or during halftime. It is a very highly anticipated game for the entire state of Arkansas already, so the hype for next season is through the roof.