DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Sixth-ranked Duke will unveil a bevy of talented newcomers when it takes on coach Mike Krzyzewski's alma mater, Army, at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
The Blue Devils were upset by Indiana in the South Regional semifinals in the NCAA Tournament in March, then lost Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer to the NBA.
But Duke boasts arguably the best freshman class in the nation, including McDonald's All-Americans Sean Dockery, Shavlik Randolph, J.J. Redick and Michael Thompson, and all are expected to see lots of playing time this season. Freshman Shelden Williams should get the start in Boozer's spot.
The Blue Devils are led by junior captain Chris Duhon, the preseason ACC Player of the Year, and senior Dahntay Jones, the team's leading returning scorer (11.2) and rebounder (4.2). Duhon is questionable after spraining his left wrist in an exhibition game on November 14, while Krzyzewski tore a hip flexor muscle in his right hip during the same game. He is fine and will be on the bench for the Blue Devils.
Duke is 4-0 against Army under Krzyzewski and 8-3 all time. The Blue Devils have won the past four games in the series by an average of 49 points.
The Blue Devils are 20-2 in openers under "Coach K" and 73-24 all time.
Army (0-0), which went 12-16 last season, does not return any players who averaged double digits in points. Junior guard J.P. Spatola is the leading returning scorer, with an average of 9.1 points.