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Gardner-Webb Runnin Bulldogs vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick & Prediction NOV 25TH 2020

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It's not unusual for Duke to have numerous new elements when a season begins. This time that goes to entirely new heights for the No. 9-ranked Blue Devils.

They're slated to start the season Wednesday night against visiting Gardner-Webb with a freshman cast expected to be prominent. That's typical for Duke.

But playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., will have a different vibe for Duke. There won't be fans in attendance -- at least for the early weeks of the season -- at one of the most renowned playing venues in college basketball.

So just about everything will be different for Duke -- except that it will be under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, who embarks on his 41st season at the university.

"Getting accustomed to environment is huge," Krzyzewski said of playing in a gym that will have a different set-up. "Because you want total focus when you're in a game."

Duke compiled a 25-6 record last season. The halt to the season because of the coronavirus pandemic came several hours before the Blue Devils were slated to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals, so that left Krzyzewski, who's the all-time winningest coach in the sport, with 1,157 victories.

Krzyzewski said the Blue Devils have had "good enthusiasm" and they're anxious to play games. While the preseason has been unusual, the veteran coach said the time has been beneficial for his team.

"This has been a really good group," he said.

November often is a time for introductions for potential new standouts for Duke. This time the list is bound to include forwards Jalen Johnson and Henry Coleman. Johnson was named to the All-ACC preseason first team.

Coleman has demonstrated several notable traits.

"He has been our most energetic and he's kind of loud, in a good way," Krzyzewski said. "He's not like your typical freshman."

The Blue Devils are counting on the emergence of sophomore forward Matthew Hurt, who had an inconsistent first season. Still, he showed flashes of being a player with a huge upside.

"My mentality changed a lot since last year," Hurt said. "I think just being aggressive, just trying to be the best player on the floor each time."

Forward Wendell Moore Jr., who made 11 starts as a freshman last season, has added a leadership role. Duke also has experienced players in senior guard Jordan Goldwire and junior guard Joey Baker.

Duke's frontcourt could be aided by 7-foot freshman Mark Williams and 6-9 Patrick Tape, a graduate transfer from Columbia.

The visit to Duke is the first of several major-conference opponents on Gardner-Webb's schedule as it also will head to Florida State, Georgia and Pittsburgh.

"This is a challenging nonconference schedule, but we have always taken on the best to prepare for the rigors of the Big South," said Gardner-Webb coach Tim Craft, whose team had games in a multi-team event nixed. "... We look forward to competing against some of the best in college basketball."

Gardner-Webb went 16-16 last season, with three starters returning. That includes guard Jaheam Cornwall, who posted 13.1 points per game last season. Cornwall is an All-Big South Conference first-team preseason selection, while forward Kareem Reid is a second-team choice on that list.

A key addition for the Runnin' Bulldogs is guard Jacob Falko, who averaged 23.7 points per game for Cecil (Md.) College on the junior college level.

Gardner-Webb also has 6-6 redshirt freshman Anthony Selden. He's the younger brother of former Kansas standout Wayne Selden.

Duke won two previous meetings with Gardner-Webb, winning December games in 2009 and 2013.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 75% L 25%
6 2
  • @Florida State D 0 - 0
  • @Duke D 0 - 0
  • @Winthrop L 66 - 78
  • N.C. Asheville W 62 - 72
  • @Radford W 70 - 62
  • @Charleston Southern W 83 - 74
  • Campbell W 61 - 73
  • @Hampton L 77 - 87
  • Winthrop W 70 - 74
  • High Point W 55 - 86
W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • Gardner-Webb D 0 - 0
  • North Carolina W 76 - 89
  • NC State W 69 - 88
  • @Virginia L 50 - 52
  • @Wake Forest L 101 - 113
  • Virginia Tech W 64 - 88
  • @NC State L 66 - 88
  • Notre Dame W 60 - 94
  • Florida State W 65 - 70
  • @North Carolina W 98 - 96

Next Games

  • @Florida State(11-27-20) D 0 - 0
  • Campbell(02-22-20) W 61 - 73
  • Campbell(02-22-20) W 61 - 73
  • Coppin St.(12-31-69)
  • Michigan St(03-31-19) L 68 - 67
  • Bellarmine(12-31-69)

Last Meetings

  • Runnin' Bulldogs @ Blue Devils 0-0
  • Runnin' Bulldogs @ Blue Devils 66-85
  • Runnin' Bulldogs @ Blue Devils 68-113

Mid-American

EastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Ohio Bobcats201.000 0-02-084.066.5W22-0-0
Miami (OH) Red Hawks101.000 1-00-081.067.0W11-0-0
Bowling Green Falcons01.000 0-00-182.096.0L10-0-1

America East

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks101.000 0-01-076.068.0W11-0-0
New Hampshire Wildcats101.000 1-00-093.054.0W11-0-0
MD Baltimore County Retrievers01.000 0-00-162.070.0L10-0-1

American Athletic Conference

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Southern Methodist Mustangs101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
South Florida Bulls101.000 1-00-094.084.0W11-0-0
Houston Cougars101.000 1-00-089.045.0W11-0-0
Memphis Tigers11.500 0-11-071.065.5L11-0-1

Atlantic 10

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Davidson Wildcats101.000 1-00-082.073.0W11-0-0
Saint Louis Billikens101.000 1-00-089.052.0W11-0-0
VCU Rams11.500 0-01-175.573.5L11-0-1
George Washington Colonials01.000 0-00-171.078.0L10-0-1
St. Joseph's (PA) Hawks01.000 0-10-091.096.0L10-0-1
Rhode Island Rams01.000 0-10-088.094.0L10-0-1
La Salle Explorers01.000 0-00-165.082.0L10-0-1

Atlantic Coast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
NC State Wolfpack101.000 1-00-095.061.0W11-0-0
Clemson Tigers101.000 0-01-053.042.0W11-0-0
Virginia Cavaliers101.000 1-00-089.054.0W11-0-0
Louisville Cardinals101.000 1-00-079.044.0W11-0-0
Virginia Tech Hokies101.000 1-00-077.062.0W11-0-0
North Carolina Tar Heels101.000 1-00-079.060.0W11-0-0
Wake Forest Demon Deacons101.000 1-00-0111.051.0W11-0-0
Pittsburgh Panthers01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets01.000 0-10-0120.0123.0L10-0-1
Boston College Eagles01.000 0-10-067.076.0L10-0-1

Atlantic Sun

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Kennesaw St. Fighting Owls101.000 1-00-087.040.0W11-0-0
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles101.000 1-00-065.056.0W11-0-0
North Alabama Lions101.000 1-00-098.074.0W11-0-0
Jacksonville Dolphins101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0
Liberty Flames11.500 0-01-174.075.0L11-0-1
North Florida Osprey01.000 0-10-067.080.0L10-0-1

Big 12

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
West Virginia Mountaineers201.000 2-00-078.568.5W22-0-0
Texas Christian Horned Frogs101.000 1-00-069.045.0W11-0-0
Texas Tech Red Raiders101.000 1-00-0101.058.0W11-0-0
Oklahoma State Cowboys101.000 0-01-075.068.0W11-0-0
Texas Longhorns101.000 1-00-091.055.0W11-0-0
Kansas State Wildcats01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1
Kansas Jayhawks01.000 0-00-190.0102.0L10-0-1

Big East

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
St. John's Red Storm201.000 2-00-079.070.0W22-0-0
Xavier Musketeers201.000 2-00-076.049.5W22-0-0
Connecticut Huskies101.000 1-00-0102.075.0W11-0-0
Butler Bulldogs101.000 1-00-066.062.0W11-0-0
Marquette Golden Eagles101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0
Providence Friars101.000 1-00-097.056.0W11-0-0
Georgetown Hoyas101.000 1-00-070.062.0W11-0-0
Villanova Wildcats101.000 0-01-076.067.0W11-0-0

Big Sky

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Weber St. Wildcats101.000 1-00-088.060.0W11-0-0
Montana St. Bobcats101.000 0-01-091.078.0W11-0-0
Sacramento State Hornets101.000 1-00-0101.057.0W11-0-0
Southern Utah Thunderbirds01.000 0-00-183.085.0L10-0-1
Idaho State Bengals01.000 0-00-149.062.0L10-0-1

Big South

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
High Point Panthers01.000 0-00-173.082.0L10-0-1
South Carolina Upstate Spartans01.000 0-10-072.082.0L10-0-1
Charleston Southern Buccaneers01.000 0-00-161.095.0L10-0-1
Radford Highlanders01.000 0-00-162.077.0L10-0-1

Big Ten

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Illinois Fighting Illini201.000 2-00-0109.549.0W22-0-0
Rutgers Scarlet Knights101.000 1-00-086.063.0W11-0-0
Purdue Boilermakers101.000 1-00-077.064.0W11-0-0
Wisconsin Badgers101.000 1-00-077.067.0W11-0-0
Indiana Hoosiers101.000 1-00-089.059.0W11-0-0
Maryland Terrapins101.000 1-00-085.067.0W11-0-0
Michigan St Spartans101.000 1-00-083.067.0W11-0-0
Minnesota Golden Gophers101.000 1-00-099.069.0W11-0-0
Michigan Wolverines101.000 1-00-096.082.0W11-0-0
Ohio St Buckeyes101.000 1-00-094.067.0W11-0-0
Iowa Hawkeyes101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Cornhuskers11.500 1-10-084.062.0L11-0-1

Big West

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
CSU Northridge Matadors101.000 1-00-097.079.0W11-0-0
UC Irvine Anteaters01.000 0-00-172.086.0L10-0-1
UC Riverside Highlanders01.000 0-00-160.066.0L10-0-1
UC Davis Aggies01.000 0-00-193.0101.0L10-0-1

Colonial Athletic Association

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Elon University Phoenix101.000 1-00-082.052.0W11-0-0
James Madison Dukes101.000 1-00-089.055.0W11-0-0
Charleston Cougars01.000 0-00-160.079.0L10-0-1
NC-Wilmington Seahawks01.000 0-00-176.098.0L10-0-1
Towson Tigers02.000 0-00-261.084.0L20-0-2

Conference USA

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers201.000 0-02-084.078.0W22-0-0
Florida International Golden Panthers101.000 1-00-085.081.0W11-0-0
UAB Blazers101.000 1-00-099.050.0W11-0-0
Texas-El Paso Miners101.000 1-00-0100.081.0W11-0-0
Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders01.000 0-10-059.060.0L10-0-1
Florida Atlantic Owls01.000 0-00-166.068.0L10-0-1
Old Dominion Monarchs01.000 0-00-167.085.0L10-0-1

Horizon League

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons101.000 1-00-067.063.0W11-0-0
Illinois-Chicago Flames101.000 0-01-065.061.0W11-0-0
Northern Kentucky Norse101.000 1-00-074.073.0W11-0-0
Green Bay Phoenix01.000 0-00-169.099.0L10-0-1
Oakland Golden Grizzlies02.000 0-10-151.090.5L20-0-2

Metro Atlantic Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Quinnipiac Bobcats101.000 1-00-084.066.0W11-0-0
St. Peter's Peacocks01.000 0-00-175.076.0L10-0-1
Fairfield Stags01.000 0-00-156.097.0L10-0-1

Mid-Eastern Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
North Carolina Central Eagles11.500 0-01-176.087.5L11-0-1
Florida A&M Rattlers01.000 0-00-156.065.0L10-0-1
South Carolina State Bulldogs01.000 0-10-061.081.0L10-0-1
Delaware State Hornets01.000 0-00-151.0111.0L10-0-1
Morgan St. Bears01.000 0-10-055.062.0L10-0-1
Howard Bison01.000 0-10-078.095.0L10-0-1
North Carolina A&T Aggies02.000 0-10-166.0103.0L20-0-2

Missouri Valley

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Drake Bulldogs101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Bradley Braves11.500 1-00-155.555.0L11-0-1
Illinois St. Redbirds01.000 0-00-167.094.0L10-0-1
Evansville Purple Aces01.000 0-00-144.079.0L10-0-1
Northern Iowa Panthers02.000 0-10-175.579.5L20-0-2

Mountain West

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Nevada Wolf Pack201.000 1-01-065.557.0W22-0-0
Fresno St. Bulldogs101.000 1-00-087.047.0W11-0-0
San Diego St. Aztecs101.000 1-00-073.058.0W11-0-0
Utah St. Aggies01.000 0-10-069.085.0L10-0-1
UNLV Runnin' Rebels01.000 0-10-078.091.0L10-0-1

Northeast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers101.000 0-01-062.055.0W11-0-0
St. Francis (PA) Red Flash101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Sacred Heart Pioneers01.000 0-00-163.086.0L10-0-1
Central Conn. St. Blue Devils01.000 0-00-175.0102.0L10-0-1
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights01.000 0-00-166.084.0L10-0-1

Ohio Valley

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Austin Peay Governors201.000 1-01-069.566.0W22-0-0
Belmont Bruins101.000 0-01-095.078.0W11-0-0
Eastern Kentucky Colonels101.000 0-01-080.067.0W11-0-0
Jacksonville St. Gamecocks01.000 0-00-157.081.0L10-0-1
Morehead St. Eagles01.000 0-00-145.081.0L10-0-1
SIU - Edwardsville Cougars01.000 0-00-152.089.0L10-0-1
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-159.089.0L10-0-1
Eastern Illinois Panthers01.000 0-00-167.077.0L10-0-1

Pacific-12

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Colorado Buffaloes101.000 1-00-084.061.0W11-0-0
Southern California Trojans101.000 1-00-095.087.0W11-0-0
Oregon St. Beavers101.000 1-00-071.063.0W11-0-0
Arizona State Sun Devils101.000 0-01-094.088.0W11-0-0
Washington St. Cougars101.000 1-00-056.052.0W11-0-0
California Golden Bears11.500 1-00-174.566.0L11-0-1
UCLA Bruins01.000 0-00-158.073.0L10-0-1

Patriot League

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Navy Midshipmen101.000 1-00-078.071.0W11-0-0
Army Black Knights101.000 1-00-093.032.0W11-0-0

Southeastern

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Auburn Tigers101.000 0-01-096.091.0W11-0-0
Missouri Tigers101.000 1-00-091.064.0W11-0-0
Kentucky Wildcats101.000 1-00-081.045.0W11-0-0
Arkansas Razorbacks101.000 1-00-0142.062.0W11-0-0
Alabama Crimson Tide101.000 1-00-081.057.0W11-0-0
Mississippi State Bulldogs02.000 0-20-057.568.5L20-0-2

Southern

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Chattanooga Mocs101.000 1-00-099.063.0W11-0-0
Furman Paladins101.000 1-00-095.062.0W11-0-0
Western Carolina Catamounts101.000 1-00-098.076.0W11-0-0
Mercer Bears101.000 1-00-079.048.0W11-0-0
Wofford Terriers101.000 1-00-088.049.0W11-0-0
The Citadel Bulldogs101.000 1-00-089.064.0W11-0-0
VMI Keydets101.000 1-00-090.063.0W11-0-0
East Tennessee St. Buccaneers02.000 0-00-256.568.5L20-0-2

Southland

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Abilene Christian Wildcats101.000 1-00-070.047.0W11-0-0
Texas A&M CC Islanders101.000 1-00-064.053.0W11-0-0
Nicholls State Colonels101.000 1-00-0101.093.0W11-0-0
Lamar Cardinals01.000 0-00-145.089.0L10-0-1
Northwestern St. Demons01.000 0-00-158.0101.0L10-0-1
McNeese St. Cowboys01.000 0-00-155.0102.0L10-0-1
Southeastern Louisiana Lions01.000 0-00-163.067.0L10-0-1
Sam Houston St. Bearkats01.000 0-00-167.097.0L10-0-1
Houston Baptist Huskies01.000 0-00-145.069.0L10-0-1

Southwestern Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Grambling State Tigers01.000 0-00-153.069.0L10-0-1
Texas Southern Tigers01.000 0-00-152.056.0L10-0-1
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils01.000 0-00-162.0142.0L10-0-1
Prairie View A&M Panthers01.000 0-00-166.071.0L10-0-1
Southern Jaguars01.000 0-10-078.085.0L10-0-1
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions01.000 0-00-157.099.0L10-0-1
Alcorn St. Braves01.000 0-00-150.099.0L10-0-1

Summit

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Kansas City Kangaroos101.000 1-00-0105.035.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks11.500 0-11-063.065.5L11-0-1
North Dakota State Bison01.000 0-00-148.062.0L10-0-1
South Dakota Coyotes01.000 0-00-161.084.0L10-0-1
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-164.091.0L10-0-1
North Dakota Fighting Hawks01.000 0-00-167.081.0L10-0-1
South Dakota State Jackrabbits01.000 0-00-171.079.0L10-0-1

Sun Belt

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Georgia Southern Eagles101.000 1-00-097.065.0W11-0-0
Little Rock Trojans101.000 1-00-071.066.0W11-0-0
Georgia St. Panthers101.000 0-01-0123.0120.0W11-0-0
South Alabama Jaguars101.000 1-00-068.066.0W11-0-0
Appalachian St. Mountaineers101.000 0-01-081.061.0W11-0-0
Texas State Bobcats101.000 1-00-098.059.0W11-0-0
Texas-Arlington Mavericks01.000 0-10-068.075.0L10-0-1

West Coast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Loyola Marymount Lions101.000 1-00-085.083.0W11-0-0
Pepperdine Waves101.000 1-00-086.072.0W11-0-0
Gonzaga Bulldogs101.000 1-00-0102.090.0W11-0-0
Santa Clara Broncos101.000 1-00-062.049.0W11-0-0
Pacific Tigers101.000 1-00-066.060.0W11-0-0
Brigham Young Cougars101.000 1-00-0108.059.0W11-0-0
St. Mary's Gaels11.500 1-10-061.068.5L11-0-1
San Francisco Dons11.500 1-10-073.572.0L11-0-1
Portland Pilots01.000 0-10-072.084.0L10-0-1

Western Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Tarleton State 101.000 1-00-0103.048.0W11-0-0
Grand Canyon Antelopes101.000 1-00-069.053.0W11-0-0
Seattle Redhawks101.000 0-01-084.072.0W11-0-0
Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros01.000 0-00-155.091.0L10-0-1
California Baptist Lancers01.000 0-00-187.095.0L10-0-1
Chicago St. Cougars02.000 0-10-149.590.5L20-0-2

Mid-American

WestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Toledo Rockets11.500 0-01-169.557.0L11-0-1
Ball St. Cardinals01.000 0-00-173.074.0L10-0-1
Western Michigan Broncos01.000 0-00-162.066.0L10-0-1
Eastern Michigan Eagles01.000 0-00-167.083.0L10-0-1
Northern Illinois Huskies01.000 0-10-061.065.0L10-0-1

Last Injuries

Duke Blue Devils

  • Henry Coleman II

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Coleman II missed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will play against Coppin State on Saturday.