Duke will return to Wisconsin in ACC/Big10

Another highly rated foe will be a part of the 2014-2015 non-conference schedule as Duke was paired with Wisconsin in the annual ACC-Big10 Challenge.

The Blue Devils have enjoyed back-to-back home games in the annual event, hosting Ohio State in 2012 and Michigan in 2013. This year, however, it's Duke's turn to hit the road to face the likely Big 10 favorites on their home court. It's a return of the 2009 contest that saw the Badgers best Coach K's squad 73-69.

That 2009 loss was Duke's first in the Challenge's 11 year history, and saw the Badgers build a double-figure lead for most of the second half before a furious Blue Devil rally cut it to 70-69 with 5.7 seconds remaining thanks to a barrage of Andre Dawkins three pointers. Kyle Singler added a career high 28 points and hit 10-of-17 from the field. But the rest of his teammates combined to shoot just 39 percent from the floor including then Duke guard Jon Scheyer (now an assistant coach) who finished just 2-of-7.

Things don't project to be much easier this time around as Wisconsin is considered a preseason top five squad by most every media outlet, returning much of the team that went to the Final Four this season. In addition, the Badgers have been nearly unbeatable at home under head coach Bo Ryan, winning 195 of 215 contests in Ryan's tenure.

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