Arizona basketball announces home-and-home series with Duke to begin in 2023
Two of the best basketball programs in the country will meet for a home-and-home series beginning in 2023.
Arizona announced on Monday it has come together with Duke for a trip to Durham on Nov. 10, 2023, and then a meeting at McKale on Nov. 21, 2024. The two programs have met nine times previously, with Arizona owning the all-time series 5-4.
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“We felt this was a great opportunity to play two games against an incredible program like Duke,” Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd said in a release. “Both programs are national brands with a rich history and have played some memorable games against each other, especially in the NCAA Tournament. But Coach Scheyer and I both felt these games would benefit our programs and be something that our fans would be excited about.”
This will be the first meeting between the two teams since Nov. 29, 2013, at Madison Square Garden as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Wildcats took that game 72-66.
The two programs met for the 2001 National Championship game on April 2, 2001, in Minneapolis, with Duke coming away with the 82-72 win.
“I have tremendous respect for Tommy Lloyd and Arizona,” Duke head coach Jon Scheyer said in a statement. “For our team, I’m grateful for what I know will be important early-season tests. For our fans and for college basketball, it will be exciting to see these storied programs over the next two years come together in two of the greatest on-campus venues in the sport.”
The 2023 meeting in Durham will be just the second time in program history that Arizona will play at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won the only other meeting back in 1990 by two points, 78-76.