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Arizona, Duke announce home-and-home series for 2023, 2024

Jul 18, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona men’s basketball and Duke University men’s basketball have announced a two-game home-and-home series between the two storied programs that will start in Durham in 2023 and then return to Tucson in 2024.

“We felt this was a great opportunity to play two games against an incredible program like Duke,” Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd said. “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.”

The Wildcats will make their second-ever appearance at Cameron Indoor Stadium when they travel to Duke on Nov. 10, 2023. The Blue Devils will make their third appearance in Tucson for the game on Nov. 21, 2024.

Arizona leads the all-time series with Duke, 5-4, and has won the last two meetings. The most recent meeting was on Nov. 29, 2013 at Madison Square Garden as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off, with the Wildcats winning, 72-66.  Arizona also topped the Blue Devils in the West Regional Semifinal of the NCAA Tournament, 93-77, in a game that was played on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim.

The two programs also met in 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. “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 the second time in program history that Arizona will play at Cameron Indoor Stadium, having previously lost to the Blue Devils, 78-76, on Feb. 25, 1990.

The meeting in 2024 in the McKale Center will be the third such meeting between the programs, with the Wildcats holding a 2-0 edge. Arizona defeated Duke, 91-85, in Tucson on Dec. 30, 1987 and also picked up a 103-96 double-overtime win on Feb. 24, 1991.