WWU faces AP No.8-ranked Duke in exhibition game
Oct. 26, 2012
DURHAM, NC - Defending NCAA Division II men's basketball national champion Western Washington University faces Duke University on Saturday, Oct. 27 (2 p.m. ET), at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the crown jewel of college basketball's classic venues.
It is the fifth time in the last six years that Duke has played the reigning Division II champion in an exhibition game at Cameron Indoor, which is entering its 74th year as home of the Blue Devils.
Last year, Bellarmine KY lost 87-62 to the Blue Devils before a crowd of 9,314. Cal Poly Pomona fell 84-60 in 2010 and Findlay OH lost 84-48 in 2009.
The WWU-Duke contest can be heard live on KBAI Radio (AM 930) with Doug Lange providing the play-by-play and Mark Scholten handling the color commentary.
Duke is ranked No.8 among Division I schools in this year's Associated Press Top 25 Pre-season Poll and considered the best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
WWU, which lost 88-78 last Wednesday in an exhibition at the University of Washington, is rated No.8 in the Division II Bulletin Pre-season Top 25.
WWU's Tony Dominguez is in his first season as head coach after 17 years as an assistant for the Vikings. He replaced Brad Jackson, who left in August after 27 seasons at the helm, to become at assistant at Washington.
The Vikings return three starters and eight letter winners from last year's 31-5 team. They are led by guard John Allen (Sr., Brier/Mountlke Terrace), who was a DII Bulletin Pre-season Super 16 pick and Great Northwest Athletic Conference pre-season Player of the Year.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, known as "Coach K," has won four NCAA I titles and made 11 trips to the Final Four as he begins his 33rd season at Duke. He is the winningest NCAA I coach in men's basketball history with an overall record of 927-290 (37 seasons).
Krzyzewski also coached the United States national men's basketball team, to gold medals at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the 2010 FIBA World Championships. He was an assistant coach on the 1992 Olympic gold medal winning "Dream Team."
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