CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander is reporting that Duke and Utah are set to square off once again, as they will play a game at Madison Square Garden next season. If you recall, these two teams played against each other in last year’s Sweet 16, with Duke narrowly winning.
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One of the most anticipated Sweet 16 games from last season’s NCAA Tournament is getting a regular-season rematch.
Duke and Utah announced they’ll meet in New York City next season (Dec. 19) at Madison Square Garden. The game once more fulfills Mike Krzyzewski’s annual self-imposed obligation to play at least one game in the greater New York area as a substitute for a true road game.
Of course, Duke beat Utah in the Sweet 16, 63-57, en route to winning their fifth championship last season. Both teams figure to be top-10-20 teams once again.
Although the Utes lose Delon Wright and Duke loses their core of fabulous frosh in Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow, there will still be some major talent on display.
Duke once again welcomes in a top-notch recruiting class (which is ranked as the best class according to some scouting services) that includes Chase Jeter, Brandon Ingram, Derryck Thornton and Luke Kennard, as well as bringing back holdovers Grayson Allen and Amile Jefferson. Utah will bring back prized big man Jakob Poeltl, as well as Brandon Taylor and Jordan Loveridge.