Men’s basketball team to play Duke

By Erik Carr

The Cal Poly men’s basketball team will commence its 2010-11
season in an exhibition game against Duke University, the 2010 NCAA
Div. I champion, that will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Duke’s
Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC.

“I’m super-excited,” said senior forward Tobias Jahn. “I don’t
think there’s any other team you want to play to start the
season.”

This game will mark the third time in four years in which Duke
will host an exhibition contest against the Div. II champion.

However, this year stands as the first one in which Duke will
host the exhibition game as the reigning Div. I champion.

In its more than 105-year history, the men’s basketball program
at Duke has always been a reputable one.

While the team experienced numerous post-season appearances in
the years prior to 1980, no Duke team or coach surpassed the level
of achievement that Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski has attained in the
last 30 seasons.

Under Krzyzewski, or “Coach K” as he is also known at Duke, the
men’s basketball team has amassed a record of 795-220 while winning
four NCAA national championships, reaching the championship game
four times, and making the Final Four, Elite 8 and Sweet 16, 11, 12
and 19 times, respectively.

Sports Information Director Mark Reinhiller said that this game
is important to Cal Poly because Duke is one of “a handful of
universities that resonate with the entire nation.”

Last season, the Blue Devils finished the season with an overall
record of 35-5 and a conference record of 13-3.

Duke was undefeated at home, going 17-0, while going 5-5 on the
road, and finished the season tied for first place with the
University of Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke defeated Butler, 61-59 on April 5 to win its fourth
national championship.

In comparison, Cal Poly’s men’s basketball team finished the
2010-11 season in a first place tie with Humboldt State, posting a
27-6 record overall, a conference record of 18-4, and a home and
away record of 10-3 and 12-2, respectively.

The Broncos won their first NCAA championship on March 27 when
they bested Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 65-53.

For the team and the athletic department, the reception to
receiving the invitation to play Duke in an exhibition game has
been unanimous.

“It’s the epitome of collegiate basketball,” said Head Coach
Greg Kamansky. “It’s the things that dreams are about. It’s the top
place to play in our profession.”

Assistant Coach Damion Hill shares Kamansky’s opinion regarding
playing at Duke’s home court, and is especially pleased for the
players.

“It’s a great opportunity for our guys,” Hill said. “I’m more
excited for them than our guys. I’m real excited for our guys to
get that opportunity. It’s a great test for us.”

Associate Head Coach Bill Bannon is also pleased with the
opportunity while also focusing on the present team dynamics.

“It feels great,” Bannon said. “We just want to take advantage
of it while being realistic with our current team goals. We’re not
living in the past.”

This exhibition game will give Bronco fans the first chance to
see the men’s basketball team with its returners and some new
faces.

“It is a great reward for those returning student-athletes who
were part of the championship last year and a unequalled experience
for the new additions for this year’s team to start their Bronco
careers,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian
Swanson.

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Men’s basketball team to play Duke

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Photo courtesy of Richard Orr

Men’s basketball team to play Duke

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