…and here we go.
Duke opens its season today at 5 PM in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Our opponent? The Princeton Tigers, upon whose campus in New Jersey Duke’s West Campus was modeled. Thanks, guys.
Princeton is coming off an encouraging OT victory over Garden State rival Rutgers on Friday night. Although the Scarlet Knights of unfortunately named Piscataway, N.J. are certainly rebuilding under new coach Mike Rice, it’s always cool to see a Big East team go down to an Ivy. Right, MidMajority?
Princeton is no longer the class of the classiest group of American U’s, Cornell and Penn having usurped that role several years ago. Nonetheless, they managed a second place finish in conference play last season, and return their top 5 scorers from a team that won 22 games.
For our side, we’re less worried about the outcome of this game—we should win this one, yeah?—than with how we go about winning. Several top teams have struggled in opening games thus far, including the eighth ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, who eked out a win against Lipscomb Friday night. I don’t want to see an iota of struggle. Not an iota!
Coach K is not in the habit of overlooking anyone, and hopefully he can instill a sense of purpose in this team from the opening tip against Princeton. With senior leaders like Smith and Singler in the starting lineup, Duke should be hungry to start pursuing another great season. Let’s get after it, Devils.
As I did for the Cal Poly Pomona game, I will be monitoring a liveblog of the game right here on the website starting at 4:45 EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.
Stop by C-T for a lively and (hopefully) focused discussion of the game. Let’s get this season off to blistering start.
Crazie-Talkers inside Cameron will also be updating our Twitter throughout tomorrow’s game. If you’re not already following us, please do, sirs and madams.
Hello Duke fans and Crazie-Talkers,
Tonight the Blue Devils face off against the defending Division II National Champions, Cal Poly Pomona at 6 PM EST. We have been excited for this game for some time, mainly due to this post from the ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog in early September. It seems the CPP community is super stoked to visit Cameron:
“What an absolute thrill for our players, coaches, staff and university,” Cal Poly Pomona coach Greg Kamansky said in a statement. “We’ll have an opportunity to savor the successes last season by playing against a program that represents the very best that our sport has to offer. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we look forward to the challenge of playing against a talented team that should be the preseason top-ranked team in the country and coached by one of basketball’s true icons and ambassadors.”
What a stand up guy this Kamansky fellow is! And apparently the excitement has only built in Pomona: the school is having a campus watch party at their student center.
As I am currently abroad in Ireland and can’t watch the game in person, I will be liveblogging right here on Crazie-Talk. Feel free to join the fun using the console above. You can watch the game online at GoDuke.com for a $10 monthly subscription. Several C-Ters will be in Cameron taking video of the game, so be sure to check the site frequently over the next few days for more highlights like this.
Enjoy the game, and I hope to be chatting up a storm with hundreds of Duke fans champing at the bit for this season to start.
See you right here at 5:45 PM EST.