ATLANTA-Coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history, Georgia State will open the 2012-13 season facing one of the most storied basketball teams in NCAA history, the Duke Blue Devils on Friday, Nov. 9, in Durham, N.C. at famed Cameron Indoor Stadium.
It will mark the first meeting between the two schools as the Panthers welcome eight newcomers a year removed from graduating six seniors.
"When the opportunity arose to play a team of Duke's caliber, I knew it was one we had to take," commented head coach Ron Hunter. "I have great respect for what Coach K has done with his program and for college basketball during the last 30-plus years.
"Our team is working hard to prepare for the upcoming season. The returners are spending extra time with the newcomers to ensure that we are ready when the season rolls around in November."
Georgia State finished the 2011-12 season 22-12 and advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Panthers' 22 wins were the second most in school history. It marked the 4th 20-win season in the last 12 years and 7th winning season in the past 15.
Duke finished last season 27-7 and were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation. The Blue Devils were upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Lehigh.
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) was built in 1940 and one of the most-recognized venues in college basketball. Duke's program began in 1905 and the Blue Devils had their first All-American in 1930. They had already won a national NCAA title before GSU ever played its first game in the NCAA. "Coach K" arrived at Duke in 1980.
Former GSU coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell graduated from Duke in 1954 and played center on 18-8 and 22-6 Duke teams (No. 12 in 1954 AP poll). "Lefty" coached GSU's 2001 team into the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 29-5 record. Dreisell's name is on GSU's court and he has regularly attended games at both universities.
The remaining portion of the non-conference schedule will be released later this summer.